[Re-posted from last year. The football references have not been updated.]
On a discussion board, I’ve been engaged in an oh-so-long discussion re the propriety of a Christian celebrating Christmas. And then someone asked what I planned to do for New Year’s. And something inside me snapped … I really don’t know what came over me … I just found myself typing these words —
Well, we used to go to New Orleans and watch Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Ah, but those days are past. No more fireworks at Jackson Square followed by beignets and chicory coffee. (But maybe in a couple of years.) Until then, New Year’s just isn’t what it ought to be.
But then, what authority is there in the Bible for such a celebration, anyway? Did Jesus celebrate New Years? In fact, I read somewhere that New Years has its roots in some pagan holiday Although in the first centuries AD the Romans continued celebrating the new year, the early Catholic Church condemned the festivities as paganism.
Worse yet, its roots in the West are from the Feast of Circumcision, celebrating Jesus’ circumcision, 8 days after Christmas!But, of course, Jesus wasn’t born on Christmas, so it’s plainly wrong to celebrate New Years.
But then — it seems to be entirely secular nowadays, so maybe it’s okay if we keep it as un-Christian as possible.
But folks at my church like to have New Year’s Eve celebrations together and shoot fireworks (from the pagan Chinese, as I recall). And they want to pray for the new year — which does seem to somehow “Christianize” it. I mean, we sing hymns, pray, fellowship, and it’d be church with a sermon and communion! So that’s clearly wrong and I just don’t think I should ever participate in such a thing.
(And the preacher is really bad to preach on New Year’s resolutions, which go back to ancient Babylon and surely are associated with Baal worship somehow. I really have to fire off a letter!!)
So, you see, it all comes down to football. There’s nothing wrong with football.