As for the poll Q. It depends on the reason Christmas and Easter are not celebrated. First off, I gotta throw in with the others that said define "Celebrate". I can think of a lot of reasons why a christian would not celebrate in the traditional manner.
Didn't Paul say, 1 Corinthians 10:25
25 Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience,
He said this about meat sacraficed to idols, and said it to Christians. If there is nothing wrong with eating meat that was sacraficed to an idol, then what's wrong with celebrating Jesus on a day that was once sacraficed to idols as well?
Here lies the problem. Is Jesus celebrated / worshipped in spirit and truth? (Jn. 4), or in rites and rituals?
16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.
A new moon celebration was a rite of witchcraft, and occult practices--still is, or can be--but in Christ, we have freedom to celebrate any day we choose--or not. The focus of the Christian should be on Jesus, not the day or origin of it, but the purpose of a celebration.
So I celebrate these days with family, not for the sake of the cultural aspect , but rather to remember that Christ has made us free.
Our family already thinks we're weird, because they're always asking us if we know how come we keep getting pregnant. I think those holidays would bankrupt us if we spent money at the retail rate.
But we take the opportunity to remember that it's all about the Way, the Truth, and the Life
our Lord Jesus Christ. The rest is just details...:D
"Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God." óJohn 1:12 (NIV)
Christmas and Easter are there to entertain the flesh.......
Maybe those holidays entertain YOUR flesh, but Christmas reminds me that the God of Creation humbled Himself to become a man, was born in a stall for farm animals, lay in a feed trough, but was in fact, the Promise...the Messiah. And "Easter, reminds me that the aforementioned God of Creation was despised and rejected, hailed one Friday and nailed the next Friday, was beaten beyond human recognition, hung on a shameful cross, died on that cross after 6 hours of excrutiating pain, was buried in a tomb loaned to Him, BUT WAS RESURRECTED ON THE THIRD DAY ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES. And my friend, those little tidbits bring immeasurable joy to me to think He did all that out of love for this horrible wretch. And I will celebrate those 2 incredible events each year in His memory and in thankfulness.
BTW, Robo. I am reminded of His resurrection each and every Sunday by our gathering together to worship Him...Jesus Christ. And my Bible study each morning reminds me daily of His ressurection. (Just thought you'd like to know I agree with you on that point.)
LOST SHEEP ...........
Keep herding them BOOT,Lord Knows they need a Shepard:)