Do you agree or disagree with Durbin? I agree with him. I don’t believe the regulative principle should be applied to ALL areas of life. Just because a holiday isn’t in the Bible doesn’t mean it is improper or that it can’t be God-honoring. I have wonderful childhood memories of celebrating Christmas and Easter with my family. I cherish those memories and would feel deeply deprived and poorer had I not had the chance to have those experiences.
I respect Christians who believe the only holiday we should observe is the Christian Sabbath (Sunday). However I *strongly* disagree with them if they start criticizing those of us who do celebrate holidays not enumerated in Scripture explicitly, or if they assert those of us who celebrate them are somehow sinning. I can’t fathom how a Christian could object to someone celebrating the birth, death, and resurrection of Christ!! What is more worthy of a joyful celebration than that? I would argue that holidays like Christmas and Easter *are* biblical. Because they are real events that happened and are defined in Scripture. To say that God prohibits us from celebrating any holiday except the Sabbath is to go too far.
I am an outlier as a Reformed believer on this issue. Most Reformed apply the regulative principle strictly and eschew celebrating holidays like Christmas and Easter. I usually find myself in agreement with the beliefs of the Puritans, however, on this issue, I think they had a very severe and reactionary attitude towards such celebrations due to their historic association with the Catholic church.
The debate about whether holidays like Christmas or Easter should be celebrated by Christians will likely keep raging till Christ returns. In my experience, online debates are often heated and lack charity. I hope we can discuss this issue in a respectful way and stay focused on biblical support.