What does the word holidays mean to you? The commercialism of our day and age threatens to be the focus for us all, but what was the purpose of Holy Days originally? Let’s take a closer look in this short word study.
HOL’YDAY, noun A day set apart for commemorating some important event in history; a festival intended to celebrate some event deemed auspicious to the welfare of a nation; particularly an anniversary festival, devoted to religious solemnities; as christmas holydays. 1. A day of joy and gayety. 2. A day of exemption from labor; a day of amusement. (Webster’s Dictionary 1828)
God was the first One to proclaim that there should be a Holiday — a celebration to remember the deliverance from bondage, as found in Exodus.
“And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.
And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.” Exodus 12:16-17
While most Christians no longer celebrate the Old Testament Holy Days, we do continue to set aside days to celebrate world-changing New Testament events: Christ’s birth and Christ’s crucifixion & Ressurection, to name a few.
By the way, this book is a great way to learn about and celebrate the Old Testament Holidays from a Christ-following perspective.
The governments of the world have long adopted Biblical principles and traditions, and the concept of creating national Holidays are no different. So, there are indeed many secular Holidays.
While some may argue that we should not celebrate Christmas or Easter because of Pagan origins connected to the particular dates, I do not believe that celebrating the birth and death and Resurrected Life of Jesus Christ are a sin. The date on which we choose to do so is not worth an argument.
However, I also believe that we should not adopt the ways that Pagans celebrate their pagan beliefs and just slap the label of “Christian” on it to make ourselves feel better about it. Confused, yet?
Bottom line, it all comes down to our heart’s intent and the Holy Spirit’s discernment. For me and my family, that means that we do not knowingly participate in a Pagan or anti-Christ way of celebrating any day.
The devil, the world, and our own flesh seek to corrupt all that is good, but as with many things in our modern times, man’s opinions do not change God’s truths. For example; we will not stop remembering and celebrating the true purpose behind a rainbow, just because the world has claimed it means something different than what God said.
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20
In the same way, we KNOW that the birth, death, & resurrected life of Jesus Christ was indeed GOOD and to be remembered and celebrated! Amen?