I’m sure that most people who follow a Calvinistic based theological point of view have never thought about it, but Calvinism and Christmas (and by Christmas, I’m talking about the whole gifting-giving aspect of the holiday) are just theologically incompatible.
One, acting right is expected if we want to stay off the naughty list – no excuses. There goes Total Hereditary Depravity.
Two, asking for what we need/want is necessary to getting it. There goes Unconditional Election.
Three, buying gifts for complete strangers is a common deed that is done. There goes Limited Atonement.
Four, there are people who always willingly leave their gift sitting under the tree. There goes Irresistible Grace.
And five, gifts come with responsibilities – abuse them and you can lose them. There goes Perseverance Of The Saints.
Now, all analogies break down at some point (and by that I’m talking about gifts that people give compared to the gift of God’s salvation), but I hope you can see how the accepted simple concepts of man’s gift-giving reveals how unreasonable Calvinistic theology really is in relation to gifts from God.
Maybe this is why poinsettias are the flower of the season instead of TULIPs. EA
“Brethren, I speak in the manner of men…” (Galatians 3:15)