What are some of your favorite things to do during the Christmas season? Do you like to:
Visit others’ houses to sing Christmas carols?
Get out of school for Christmas vacation?
Join with other Christians for a Christmas worship service?
Put lights and decorations outside your house?
Buy Christmas cards to send to friends?
Visit nativity scenes displayed in your town?
You would be breaking the law if you did those things in some Muslim countries.
Schools in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to make Christmas a school vacation day.
The Sultan of Brunei banned all public observances of Christmas.
It is illegal to sell Christmas cards in Maldives outside of areas where tourists visit.
A Muslim leader in Saudi Arabia even ruled that building a snowman is against Muslim rules. “It is not permitted to make a statue out of snow, even by way of play and fun,” he said.
Some people in strict Muslim countries celebrate Christmas secretly and post photos of their secret celebrations on social media. But they are careful not to include any photos that would allow government officials to find them.
This Christmas season, thank God for your freedom to honor His Son. Pray for those who don’t enjoy the same freedom.