I have recently come across many statuses on social media outlets showing pictures of church signs explaining the cancellation of services because of Christmas and now even has become a parody for many because those, like me, can not imagine a Sunday where church service is cancelled unless it was due to some really unsafe conditions such as very frigid weather this Winter in some areas and other natural disasters as well as being very ill. One famous person on Facebook that has make a post about this is Jon Acuff. Now I am not attacking Jon like possibly many others have on social media with his remarks. But I want many of us to begin to really think who are professing Christians on this issue and why this is important to ponder on.
First off, I want to come out to say that I agree that there is no basis where God says we shalt meet on Sunday of each week for service. It is important to realize though that we are called to be part of a body of believers which requires discipleship, accountability, and assembly with one another worshiping our Creator. All of these are sure signs of someone desiring to grow in Christ and becoming sanctified under His grace (Hebrews 10:25). Much historical account from writings in the Bible and even some outer sources pointed to how those of Christianity found it of importance to meet weekly at least once a week- maybe more than once depending on culture and events happening- to fulfill God’s work in their lives. Churches are missional and have been since God established it with the new covenant for we are no longer under to old covenant that the Jews held to over time since Jesus came to radically change it.
With the establishment of the Church- the bridegroom of Jesus- we are commanded on waiting for His return to earth, and by doing so, we follow God’s command to proclaim His teachings over the ends of the earth. A way we have for centuries claimed it is by meeting in local churches across the world and being ministered to as well as proclaiming God’s majesty. We proclaim God’s majesty by singing of songs and prayers that are lifted up to Him and that is accomplished by the gathering of believers at a local building. It does not necessarily have to be in a church building but we need a functional church running that requires a qualified pastor, teachers, elders, and deacons along with your regular members. This is stressed by Paul to many groups of people he wrote letters to, especially to Titus for the people in Crete for a healthy church.
If history proves to be correct that the church was commanded to meet in assembly of proclaiming God’s goodness we need to take this into consideration for this time of year when Christmas is going to fall on a Sunday. Many have seen no harm to just cancel service on Sunday because it comes as a time where people want to spend time with family, especially pastors. It seems many have lost the meaning of why we celebrate this day as Christians. While we can agree that the day of December 25th is not exactly the day Christ was born, we have adapted to make that day a time to reflect as we do with Easter. Wether these days were made to remove pagan holidays from the pagan cultures at those times is completely irrelevant at this time. When we practice the Sabbath and when we also take a day to reflect on God’s goodness to mankind it is merited that we need to meet as an assembly to proclaim His goodness like those before us have done in centuries past. We have universally, for the most part, have agreed to celebrate God’s gift to mankind by the coming of His son on December 25th, and for that reason is the more as to why we need to find a local body to worship. God is the source of many of us in our salvation and we are even commanded to give that thanks back to Him by singing praises as the early church did. To not meet with an assembly and refuse to set time of authentic worship with other believers in Christ just defeats the purpose as to why we are celebrating this day and we are then no different than the Pagans of the past and even the present when we decide to forsake this fellowship and worship the holiday rather the reason this holiday has been set.
I want to urge many Christians to please take your time to go to the nearest local church and worship to God for He is the reason for this season.