Let me plead with you: worship Jesus with the gathered body of Christ on Christmas day.
This year, as happens from time to time, Christmas falls on a Sunday. Here’s the raw truth: church attendance at most churches on Christmas day is much lower than normal.
Why is this the case? In the best case scenarios, the intertia of family gatherings and traditions simply outweigh the priority of corporate worship. We are busy, and tired, and getting to church with x kids + cousins is just too much. In the worst case scenarios, we love our presents and our traditions more than Jesus.
I would like to offer a counter-cultural voice this year: make going to church on Christmas day a priority for your family.
Here are some reasons to worship with the church on Christmas day:
You might object: “We have a family tradition on Christmas morning. What does it say to my family to choose church over them?” Certainly travel plans and family schedules mean that we can’t all attend corporate worship on Christmas day. But many of us have a choice. I implore you to make the choice with God at the center of your priorities.
Please don’t misunderstand me. Family is good. Christmas is a unique time to share the gospel with many family members. Presents are good. We give gifts because God has given us the gift of a Savior in Jesus and eternal life in him. Traditions are good. They help us honor those who have gone before us. But Jesus and his church is better.
I humbly ask you, especially husbands and fathers, to make this Christmas about Jesus the Christ, and bring your family to worship with the gathered church on December 25th.