116 3rd St SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
I was dumbstruck recently to learn that there will be churches closed on Christmas Day because it falls on a Sunday this year.
For those churches not having a service on Christmas Sunday, what excuse is good enough to cancel celebrating the birth of Christ on a day that is designated by this country as one of our two most holy days?
What if Jesus had canceled His coming 2000 years ago? What if He had told His Father, "I don't feel like going to earth. I don't really want to do this. I want to stay home here in Heaven where I can be with My heavenly family. Besides, 33 years after I'm born, those humans will torture and crucify Me by the most despicably cruel death invented. They just aren't worth it to Me. I vote to cancel this plan to save mankind."
Celebrating a child's birthday is an important family occasion for most. Celebrating the birth of Christ for believers should be an even bigger, more inclusive family celebration when Christmas actually coincides with Sunday.
Church doors should be open to give all who wish to celebrate Jesus' birth on Christmas Sunday. It should never be considered an inconvenience or just another holiday off from work. Isn't Jesus worthy of at least one hour on His special day or has the world succeeded in secularizing yet another part of the Christian church?