I remember as a child enjoying the decorating, looking at, and the presents under the Christmas tree. As nice as it is to enjoy great family times, we were always reminded that Christmas was to celebrate the birth of Jesus. We were taught that no one could say for sure the exact date that Jesus was born, but that this was a day that was chosen to celebrate it. The tree was nice, and the presents were nice, and I don’t see anything wrong with that. But we must never forget that Jesus is the reason for the season. I think to some extent, some people see the splendor of the Christmas tree and set the tree up as an idol in their hearts. Some people may worship the tree, and that is not the reason for the season. Many worship the presents and even fight in stores to get what they want.
Corporate America sees Christmas as a money making season, and there are many who worship the money. Privately owned business was the intention of capitalism, so that people could venture out into life with some hope for a business to support their families, and even prosper. But corporations turned all that into conglomerate enterprises that sought more ways to make money than just to care for families. They seek ways to reduce their work forces and trim their employees pay and benefits to the bare minimum, so that many employees just barely get by, but corporate rakes in much profit, not to benefit human existence, but to benefit corporate.
But let’s get back to the tree. Many people see many things in Christmas, and much of it is centered on a splendidly decorated tree. Does the Bible say anything about such trees?
Jeremiah 10:2 Thus says the LORD: "Learn not the way of the nations, nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavens because the nations are dismayed at them, 3 for the customs of the peoples are vanity. A tree from the forest is cut down and worked with an axe by the hands of a craftsman. 4 They decorate it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so that it cannot move. 5 Their idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field, and they cannot speak; they have to be carried, for they cannot walk. Do not be afraid of them, for they cannot do evil, neither is it in them to do good."
6 There is none like you, O LORD; you are great, and your name is great in might. 7 Who would not fear you, O King of the nations? For this is your due; for among all the wise ones of the nations and in all their kingdoms there is none like you. 8 They are both stupid and foolish; the instruction of idols is but wood!
Again, the tree itself is neither good nor evil. I still don’t see anything wrong with the tree as a place for personal gifts and as something akin to a centerpiece on a table to add an attractiveness. But be very careful that your heart is not lifted up so much at the sight of the tree that you forget to humble your spirit to the Real Reason for the Season. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.