Updated: Sep 1
What’s your theology of celebration? Is it simply a fun time with family and friends? Is the focus on a remembrance of some kind?
Or is it a form of idolatry?
This is an important topic that we often get tripped up on in one direction or another. I have a messy history with celebrations and I continue to hear stories from people who slip up in one of two ways:
They either throw it all out and don’t participate in holidays of any kind
they lose focus amidst the fun and find themselves in the land of idolatry by accident.
Personally, I lived most of my life believing all forms of celebration were idolatrous—I was putting something else above God, like my birthday, for example—and so my family pretty much didn’t do anything for anything. We celebrated Thanksgiving, which made no logical sense, but...I guess my dad liked turkey.
A study of scripture doesn’t support this view, though.
God instructed his people, very early on in the Old Testament, to set aside different timeframes that created a rhythm for celebrating. Here are some examples:
"This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD - a lasting ordinance.” Exodus 12:14, stated in relation to Passover.