CHINESE CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
Abstain from all appearance of evil.
1 Thessalonians 5:22
As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness,
but as the servants of God.
1 Peter 2:16
Peace on earth and goodwill towards all men after Christmas?
Here comes the Chinese “Christmas”.
This is another major event that creates activities and stirs the economy. People will be in the mood to buy and buy the new-year goodies, clothes and many other festive products.
Instead of sending out Christmas cards, Chinese New Year greeting cards will be sent.
Instead of greeting everyone “Merry Christmas”, they will greet one another “Gong Xi Fa Cai”.
Instead of the Christmas carols, Chinese New Year songs will be played the whole day in shopping malls and even in the homes. Not as romantic as the Christmas carols, the theme of the New Year songs centered on prosperity and health.
Instead of Santa Claus coming to give out gifts to children, the god of wealth is coming to bless and bring good luck to the homes.
Instead of buying gifts for children, parents are busy stuffing money into red envelopes for children and children of friends and relatives hoping to bring them luck for the coming year.
Instead of welcoming Santa Claus to town, family are busy preparing to welcome the god of wealth into their homes.
Self preservation is the theme and all hope for the best in the coming year.
After all, who wants to be poor, live a miserable life and die a tragic death?
Who would not want to live like the days of heaven upon the earth? (Deuteronomy 11:21)
But what do you expect from the nations without God in the world and outside of the commonwealth of Israel?
For all these things do the nations of the world seek after:
and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
This month shall be unto you the beginning of months:
it shall be the first month of the year to you.
Every nation celebrates the new year according to her own calendar. Unlike the chosen nation of Israel, such celebrations are not commanded by God nor to glorify Him.
God leaves the nations to worship a god of their own imagination and as such, they have no promise of blessing, protection and provision like the children of Israel the whole year through.
A land which the LORD thy God careth for: the eyes of the LORD thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.
While there is nothing wrong with observing the beginning of a year, Christians should remember God for His mercies, goodness and grace and not be caught up with superstitious practices of the heathen.
May Christians be circumspect and thank God for all the blessings and daily benefits which we receive from our gracious God whereby we are certainly most underserving.
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
3 John 1:2