Saturday, December 10, 2005

Keep Christ in Christmas! Just don't do it in church...

I am sure all of you have seen all of the controversy going around about Happy Holidays vs. Merry Christmas. Many Christians, specifically those on the religious right, are upset about, what they call, the secularization of Christmas. So, you would think that there would be no doubt that churches would be open on Christmas, right? Well, in many cases you would be wrong! Numerous mega-churches have announced they will not be open on Christmas! While I have no problem with reducing the number of services on Christmas day because of reduced attendance, churches should be opened. Christmas day is the reason that we have churches! Low attendance is not a reason to cancel church!

Here are just a few links to stories about churches that will be closed:

Churches in Miami

Willow Creek in Chicago
Churches in Atlanta
Church in Palm Beach
Church in Lexington, Kentucky

I could post even more links, but that gives you an idea.

Gay and I will be at FBC Statesville on Christmas morning, and then we will head back to Tampa after the service. Would we like to be back in Tampa on Christmas morning? Of course! But, we both understand the importance of having services on Christmas morning.

Care to chime in on this? Leave a comment!


Sapro said...

Wow, that is surprising. Our church is staying open on Christmas, but we will not have Sunday school. Our attendance will be of less, but like you said, that is no reason to cancel.

Eric said...

Our church is actually doing the opposite - we're not having a Christmas Eve service this year, but we will still have a service on Christmas morning.

Anonymous said...

Our Church will have all the normal morning services. We will observe the Lords Supper in the Am service and our evening service will be cancelled.

the tentmaker said...

We have decided to have our worship service on Christmas Day, but we will be having it on Sunday Evening instead of the morning. We usually have only one service on Sunday.

Marion Aldridge said...

It is a weird time in church life. We want the government to require prayers in public schools, and the posting of the Ten Commandments in court houses, but we want to close our doors on the day when we celebrate the birth of the Savior. Weird.

Todd said...

With complaints over retailers not saying "Merry Christmas," I'm dissappointed that we seem to want to outsource the sharing of the Gospel. It's not Target's job to tell the world what December 25 is all about.