Church Boy, producer of Power 98 FM’s No Limit Larry & The Morning Madhouse (WPEG-FM) is known for his strong spiritual views, charitable work in the community, and his voice on Charlotte’s hottest morning show. As we get closer to the holiday season, I decided to reach out to Church Boy to find out how people who are facing serious financial issues can celebrate Christmas. Below are Church Boy’s views on celebrating Christmas with limited funds or no money at all.
Phillips: Can Christians celebrate Christmas without buying gifts?
Biblically, it says that we should be lenders and not borrowers. When you use a credit card, you are borrowing, which isn’t in agreement with the bible.
Church Boy: Yes, they can celebrate Christmas without buying gifts by focusing on family and that’s what we should be centering our lives around. Focusing on family means finding out what’s going on in your family members lives, learning about their goals and dreams, and listening to their concerns. Christmas shouldn’t be just about gifts but more about strengthening your bond with your family, friends, and loved ones. If you are facing financial difficulties, you can show your love by writing a letter, giving a hug, or preparing a dish for your loved ones.
Phillips: Do Biblical scriptures support people buying items on credit or financially over-extending themselves for Christmas?
Church Boy: It’s not just Biblical, it’s common sense! You shouldn’t over-extend yourself during any time of the year. Biblically, it says that we should be lenders and not borrowers. When you use a credit card, you are borrowing, which isn’t in agreement with the Bible. In my opinion, you aren’t in line with the spirit of Christmas and you aren’t being Christ-like when you go into debt to make other people happy. On top of that, the Bible doesn’t say go buy people gifts for Christmas. The Bible says the Three Wise Men brought gifts for Jesus on his birthday. Christmas is Jesus’ birthday so I can’t understand why everybody wants gifts anyway? We are behaving this way because Christmas is so commercial now and we just want to look good. All of this Christmas spending isn’t Biblical.
Phillips: What should parents tell their children about Christmas?
In my opinion, you aren’t in line with the spirit of Christmas and you aren’t being Christ-like when you go into debt to make other people happy.
Church Boy: Parents should tell and show their children that Christmas is about spreading love and not about getting toys. This year, my three-year old daughter told me what gifts she wanted for Christmas. I told her, “We don’t get gifts on Christmas because Christmas is the birthday of Jesus Christ. We get gifts on our birthdays.” Now my daughter tells her friends and her family members that they don’t need gifts on Christmas. When I was a child, I wish my parents would have explained the truth about Christmas to me. I think parents need to tell their children the truth because they are putting too much pressure on themselves. After Christmas, some parents are struggling to pay rent, light bills, and running to Crisis Assistance because they aren’t being honest with their children and themselves.
Phillips: What can people learn from the gifts that the Three Wise Men presented to Jesus Christ?
Church Boy: The main thing is that The Three Wise Men gave Jesus gifts because it was his birthday. I think it’s very important to remember that Christmas is Jesus’ birthday and not our birthday. Getting back to your question, The Three Wise Men presented Jesus with gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Gold is a precious metal and frankincense and myrrh were used for spiritual purposes. In my opinion, the gifts were spiritual gifts and the gifts that most people give and receive during Christmas aren’t spiritual at all.
Parents should tell and show their children that Christmas is about spreading love and not about getting toys. Christmas is Jesus’ birthday so I can’t understand why everybody wants gifts anyway?
Phillips: Any closing comments?
Church Boy: Christmas is about spreading love and helping others and if your readers are looking for ways to give back to the community during Christmas and throughout the year, they can contact me. During the holidays and throughout the year, I host events to help homeless families and at-risk children. Also, I am bringing awareness to Depression which is a major mental health issue during the Christmas holiday season. Please contact me on Facebook or Twitter for more details.