For many years as a Christian Church Pastor I tried in vain to get church people to follow the bible in our practices. Culture keeps chipping away at the meaning and actions of our Christian Celebrations. It started early, very early when church leaders incorporated two pagan celebrations into Christian celebrations. They moved the birth of Christ from January to the solstice day of December 25th and there it stayed in the Western Church.
They changed the name of Resurrection Sunday to Easter Sunday to move Romans from the pagan goddess to Christ. Then we have the whole X-mas thing which is a miss understanding of the Greek letter “X” spoken as “chi” for Christ.
After 40 plus years of trying culture has won out. I know that I can never change what is to tightly locked up in peoples minds and hearts. I have to ask myself, “Does it really matter?”
If we know what we mean does it matter what it use to mean?
If we actually do celebrate the birth of Jesus does it matter what day we choose?
If we celebrate the Resurrection does it matter what we call it?
The real test is that Christians do what Jesus taught! That is what really matters. Jesus took the old laws of love your neighbor as your self and taught us to do more; Love those who hate you and pray for those who do bad things to you. There are church members today who do and say hateful things about people they don't like. They are not following the teachings of Jesus and in fact are doing the opposite so can they be truly called followers of Christ?
Yes it really matters!