I've been in a conversation with someone on-line who claims that Jeremiah 10:2-4 condemns Christmas trees (and by extension, Christmas).
That chapter condemns idols, not Christmas trees (go read the chapter for yourself; it won't take but 2-3 minutes).
Here's my response to him:
we are to judge righteous judgment; but the scriptures (Rom 14:4-6) specifically state to not judge a brother about keeping one day
as more special than any other day.
Your zeal is to
be commended; it's obvious you want to please the Lord, and that is an
awesome thing. But it should not be an excuse to condemn a brother for
doing something the scriptures specifically allow (honoring one day to
the Lord more so than some other day).
of God is not a matter of what you eat or what you drink or what days
you consider higher than others, but of 'doing the right thing' and
being at peace with one another and being joyous in the Holy Spirit (Rom 14:17, paraphrased).
Focusing on "regulations"
(ESV; "ordinances" in the KJV and WEB) such as "don't touch, don't
taste, don't handle", or judging someone in eating, or in drinking, or
with respect to a feast day or a new moon or a Sabbath (Col 2:16-23)
sounds holy, like you're offering acceptable "worship", but they're the
wrong thing to focus on - these things are just "rudiments of the
world", shadows of the real thing; these are "precepts of men" (same
When you make rules which God has not made
(like "Thou shalt not observe Christmas"), they are mere precepts of
men (or "commandments of men" as Jesus put it), and when you teach them
as doctrine, you're participating in vain, empty worship (Matt 15:9).
kingdom of God is not about finding rules buried "between the lines"
and then judging brothers for not honoring the rules you've "found";
it's about righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. It's not
about keeping the letter of the law, but the Spirit - Paul believes this
point is so important he says it over and over (Rom 2:29; 7:6; 2 Cor 3:6).
If you perceive the "letter of the law" to
forbid honoring the birth of Jesus on Christmas and using that occasion
to fulfill the joy prophesied by the angels, using that occasion to
proclaim the name of Jesus to the world, then you can not do so by
faith, and you should absolutely not do so. But you should not condemn
your brothers who believe they are keeping the spirit of God's will by
honoring the joyous birth of his son and reminding the world once a year
of the message they would otherwise quickly forget, that God Is With