Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Triablogue and Christmas

I've noticed that there are a number of Christmas-related posts over at Triablogue (link to said posts). I admit I have not read the posts carefully (and some are just for fun), but I have not seen any advocating the idea that the church is permitted to make December 25 a holy day of obligation or arguing that God has requested that we honor Jesus' birth with a holiday. If Triablogue were to hold those positions, I would find it pressing to engage with their posts.

I trust that both non-Reformed and Reformed members of Triablogue would agree with me that no church has the right to impose on the conscience a duty to celebrate Christmas, and that God has nowhere indicated that he wishes to be worshiped by an annual feast of the nativity. Since we agree on those core principles, and since I am so busy with other things, I'm quite willing not to defend the Puritan position that I hold (because it's Biblical, not because it's Puritan).

In fact, I would not have even thought to mention their posts at all, had not one kind reader privately messaged me indicating that he believed Triablogue's posts were directed at me in some way (something I could not find in my quick perusal of the tagged Triablogue posts).

If the Triabloguers wish to keep the day to the Lord, let them do so.



Mike Westfall said...

There were Triablogue posts aimed at Scott Clark (Heidelblog).

steve said...

Mike is correct.

No, none of our posts were directed at you.

You pose some fair questions which I may address after dinner.

Anonymous said...

I find it difficult to accept you do not have this verse in your present memory? If not, it certainly is a part of your redeemed spirit, soul and body:

Rom 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Any notion of the birth of Christ being joyless in the world would be because His birth takes away the joy of this world living unhindered but opposed by the Holy Spirit.

When I go off into foolishness the chastisement from My God takes away my Joy, briefly, as I experience the grief.

How much more grief upon those of the world in light of the impending eternal destruction of their souls?

Anonymous said...

Christmas should be celebrated from the second half of Dec 24 to Dec 26.
2,5 days. That's normal.

SGcer said...

Has anybody read Romans 14???

Lockheed said...

Bah Humbug!