Should Christians celebrate Summer Solstice?


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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
Multiple pagan pre-Christian cultures throughout history performed observances in connection with the summer solstice as the longest day of the year, as shown (for one prominent example) by the positioning of the markers at Stonehenge in England.

I would say that these cultures also commonly worshipped multiple gods, including separate deities controlling various aspects of the universe. (The Bible describes Paul's interaction with such a culture during his time in Athens in Acts 17.)

However, for Christians, the overriding fact in connection with such natural phenomena is the existence of the one tri-Personal God who created them all, as progressively revealed in the Old and New Testaments.

As such, Christians owe any worship or reverence in connection with any of those occurrences to God alone as their originator and creator, rather than celebrating the phenomena or occurrences as separate entities that are entitled to devotion on their own merits.

In fact, for Christians, every day is a fit occasion for giving private thanks to God in prayer (aside from any participation in corporate worship) for the universe that He created and sustains, and for the influence He continues to exert in our lives, including our merciful redemption through faith in Christ.

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