An Open Letter to Unbelieving Christmas Celebrants

Dear atheistic, agnostic, or undesignated unbelieving Christmas celebrant,

I sincerely wish you a merry Christmas! However, true Christmas spirit and love necessitates that you be warned, in your non-Christian celebration of Christmas (whether you call it a Human Light celebration, Winter Solstice celebration, a generic Happy Holiday celebration, or admit that it’s really Christmas everyone is celebrating) you’ve stolen a drop of merriment from an ocean of eternal joy that only awaits believers who are made truly and eternally merry through repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ. As a Christ rejecting, unbeliever the joy you experience at Christmas doesn’t belong to you, it is stolen…but it is a witness to you, a natural revelation of God’s amazing grace and love extended to sinners. Hear me out before you resort to a characteristic, “Bah, humbug!

What is the state of those who deny their Creator, suppress the truth of God, and reject the love of God in Jesus? Outside of Christ the eternal ocean of God’s burning wrath is rising up in a great wave to swallow rebel sinners forever. The Bible calls it the Lake of Fire. You may work hard to suppress this reality, yet you know it to be true. All of creation and your own God given conscience speak to you of your Creator and your accountability for your sin.

Friend, repent of your stolen Christmas merriment, your fleeting joy in a life of unbelieving rebellion against the God you know. Believe upon Jesus Christ: born of the virgin; fully God; fully Man; yet without sin; crucified for sinners; suffering the eternal wrath of God that their sins deserve; paying their debt in full; dying upon the cross; resurrecting on the third day; conquering sin, Satan, and death on behalf of all those for whom He died; all those who will repent and confess Him as Lord and God.

Don’t attempt to satisfy your thirst for joy with friends, family, food, material possessions, music, movies, and holiday decor. Your sin taints all of that and your joy is fleeting even on the best of days. The judgment of death is upon you and you cannot escape its reality no matter how hard you try. How many Christmases do you have left? Fifty, twenty, ten, three, or this could be the very last year you are graciously allowed a stolen drop of Christmas merriment to compel you to believe upon Christ before it is finally and eternally too late.

Flee to Christ while there is time. Flee to Christ in repentance and faith! Find forgiveness of sin, find peace with God, find joy and merriment now and you will celebrate God’s love to sinners through Christ forever! With much love and care for your souls, I again wish you a merry Christmas!

Consider the true meaning of Christmas:

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus , for He will save His people from their sins.’” (Matthew 1:18-21)

Consider the certain hope of salvation or certain horror of judgment:

He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36)

Here’s a Christmas present/movie for my atheist, agnostic, undesignated unbelieving Christmas celebrant friends: