Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Pagan Heart of Christmas

Often around Christmas, much is made about the date of Christmas being selected to cover over a Roman festival or a Pagan holiday. Many might even go so far as to say that it stems from this. We hear all this hullabaloo around this time of year.

I'm glad there is.

I would say it's precisely the pagan that's at the heart of Christmas. The pagan chases after foreign gods and worships in ways that are not according to the ways of the Lord. The pagan holds feasts and festivals to celebrate, and even worship, things which were created by God, but are not gods themselves.

And it's for this very purpose that God became man, and took on human flesh, so that he could redeem us poor pagans, who chase after other gods. God came to cleanse our pagan hearts and fill them with his Holy Spirit, and proclaim us righteous by the death of Christ on the cross.

So, go ahead. Make your accusations that Christmas is founded on a pagan holiday. I'll agree with you, Christmas does cover over that pagan holiday. I'll say it's for that very purpose our Lord Jesus Christ has come: to sanctify the unholy, and redeem the unworthy.

+Kyrie Eleison+