Time has an article on how most Christians no longer (if they ever did) go to church on Christmas Day. Every pastor knows it’s true. And I doubt there’s anything to be done about it, except call people to repent of their family idolatry and return to the true worship in the presence of the Holy Family.
Do people really think that Christ will be content to be one thing among many, one element in our Christmas traditions?
Some pastors understand the cultural emphasis but consider it an obstacle to focusing on the spiritual messages of Christmas. “We’ve seen churches embrace the Americana idea of Christmas,” says Michael Hidalgo, lead pastor at the multi-denominational Denver Community Church. “Their heart is in the right place, but in some ways they end up looking like Target celebrating Christmas.” Others, though, have accepted the idea that Christmas Day is a time for family instead of religious reflection. “I think it is our job to get Christmas off on the right foot and then get out of the way,” wrote one pastor at CreativeWorshipTour.com, in a discussion about Christmas services. “Let families celebrate by themselves.”
Families that “celebrate” “by themselves” can also go to hell by themselves. Family is meaningless if a family does not receive Christ’s gifts together and worship together. You aren’t going to have your family around you when you stand in the Judgment. It’s idolatry, plain and simple, and pastors who allow their people to worship idols without comment are condoning idolatry.