Christmas falls on a Sunday this year. So once again, many congregations are CANCELLING SERVICES! That boggles my mind. You should go to church on Christmas even when it doesn’t fall on a Sunday! But when it does, why wouldn’t you go to church as you usually would?
OK, I understand about opening presents, making the Christmas dinner, and all that. I understand someone missing church, though that’s not to condone it. But what I cannot understand is a church that would not open its doors on Christmas day, that would not worship Christ on the commemoration of His birth.
I guess this practice is more common than I realized. I’ve heard the reason given that Christmas is a family time, so we are going to be “worshipping” by spending time with our families. But that’s just more secularizing of the holiday. Maybe someone can explain it to me.
UPDATE: Here is a defense of the practice, one that slams us critics. Do you find it convincing? I guess the big difference is one of theology. The defense portrays worship as something we do–hard work that we sometimes need a break from–with little sense of what we receive when we worship or of Christ actually being present when we worship.
After the jump, Jonathan Aigner, gives 8 reasons NOT to cancel church services on Christmas.
Just as it’s important to keep Christ in Christmas, it’s important to keep “mass” in Christmas. In fact, doing the latter is the best way to do the former.