WEB 2 Cor 10:4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the throwing down of strongholds, 5 throwing down imaginations and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ;It is OUR JOB to destroy things exalted against God, like paganism, and CAPTURE everything, like pagan practices, for Christ's glory.
If Christmas trees belonged to the Druids, we need to CAPTURE them for Christ.
If Halloween belonged to demons, we need to CAPTURE the day for Christ.
If Springtime Fertility Festivals belonged to Ashtarte ("Easter"), we need to CAPTURE the day for Christ.
We are to bring every thought, every day, every moment, into captivity to the ownership of Christ.
Caesar is not Lord, despite the claims of the first-century pagans. Jesus is Lord.
God did not "authorize" the set-apart ("holy") days of Purim, or the set-apart days of Hannakuh ("Festival of Lights"), or the set-apart days of Christmas. God's people "captured" these days to honor the Lord. And at least in the first two cases, God approved, the first by including in the Bible an entire book to explain the holiday's origins, and in the second case by having Jesus right in the middle of the festivities.
WEB Matt 23:24 You blind guides, who strain out a gnat, and swallow a camel!Focusing on the tithing of pennies, and completely missing the far more important tasks of justice and mercy and fidelity. How can you be faithful to Jesus if you're going around yelling, "Don't freely honor him whenever the opportunity arises! Stick to the legalistic rules that we assume apply because we know Jesus only cares about exact obedience and not about the heart!"
WEBm Matt 15:7 You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying,
‘These people draw near to me with their mouth,
and honor me with their lips;
but their heart is far from me.
And in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrine rules [like "No Christmas!"] made by men.’”
1. These holidays don't actually have pagan origins, but most people believe they do, and trying to explain otherwise in the blog post would just get in the way of my message.