Originally created 12/31/98

Defends Christmas tree as appropriate 123198 - The Augusta Chronicle



In response to Sharon Benson's letter published on Christmas Day, condemning the use of the Christmas tree, I believe that the tree is very fitting for the celebration of the birth of Christ.

When we first sinned against God, we fell under a curse. "Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them." (Deuteronomy 27:26) But the apostle Paul reminds us in Galatians 3:13 that Christ by His death redeemed us from that curse. Deuteronomy 21:23 says, "His body shall not remain all night on the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God)."

Jesus hanged and died on the cross (the tree), taking upon Himself the curse that we earned for our sins, so that we may be saved. Therefore, the Christmas tree with all the ornaments we hang on it can and should serve to all believers as a reminder of what Christ was born to do for us.

James R. Faulkner, Augusta