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Canceling church for... Christmas?

Some churches closing on Christmas
"This is a consumer mentality at work: 'Let's not impose the church on people. Let's not make church in any way inconvenient,' " said David Wells, professor of history and systematic theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a leading evangelical school in Hamilton, Massachusetts.

One pastor said: "The best way to honour Jesus's birth is for families to have a more personal experience on that day."
Consumer mentality is right.

The church I attend will not only be open on Christmas - for us, it will be a Sunday like any other. No special Christmas message, our pastor is just going to keep plugging through the Beatitudes (which he started last week). (We'll certainly be singing a lot of Christmas hymns, though.)

In the Christian calendar, the biggest holiday is (or should be) Easter. Jesus's death and resurrection were the culmination of His ministry on Earth, and the reason that we can be justified and pardoned of our sins. Not to mention that we actually celebrate it at the right time of year. Christmas was first celebrated to Christianize a pagan holiday (winter solstice), and it is slowly turning into a totally non-religious holiday. I don't have any problem with the non-religious aspects of Christmas... but when Christmas falls on a Sunday, it becomes obvious just how non-religious this holiday has become.

Thanks to mookieghana, who originally alerted me to this story.
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daedaleandeus December 8th, 2005
Just, you know, for the record, Easter is also just a Christianization of a Pagan holiday. And in my opinion, Easter is a lot more bothersome, because the Pagan holiday behind it celebrated things "rising" from the "dead" of winter, much as we now celebrate Jesus rising into heaven on the 3rd day after his death.
I know that you and yours take the bible a lot more literally than me and mine, but I still cant help but point out that its scary sometimes how much of Christianity was influenced by all that came before.

anitra December 9th, 2005
You can view Easter as the Christianization of a pagan holiday, if you want to... Since I take the Bible pretty literally, I view the pagan death/rebirth theme as a foreshadowing of what was to come with Jesus; much like Passover was a symbol of judgement being "passed over" because of the death of another.

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