There are those , like The Ed Show guest hostist MSNBC contributor Joy Reid, who kicked off the show discussing Duck Dynastyn, who interpret Jeremiah 10 as an injunction against using Christmas trees as we celebrate the birth of our Lord.
On the Ed Show last Monday, 12/16/13, Reid started the segment saying that the Bible can be manipulated to support any argument. She admitted that the Bible views the act of homosexual activity as a “sin” but also said, in her opinion, that the Bible is also anti-Christmas trees. Reid used Jeremiah 10:10 for her “The Bible is against Christmas trees” argument, which she read before showing a clip of Phil Robertson cutting a Christmas tree in a scene from the A&E show. Now let us consider her argument, which she did not make bty, she just asserted it was so. Reid started the segment saying that the Bible can be manipulated to support any argument.
Verses 8 and 9 speak of “worthless wooden idols” on which workmen place hammered silver and gold, and rich apparel. When we consider that these verses condemn idolatry, we can understand what Jeremiah meant when he said “the customs of the peoples are worthless” in verse 3. No wonder he tells us not to “learn the way of the nations” in verse 2.
Jeremiah is not condemning Christmas trees. He is condemning idolatry. The trees in Jeremiah 10 are cut down to carve them into worthless idols that will later be decorated with gold and silver. Jeremiah says nothing about Christmas trees. That custom originated in northern Europe, not in ancient Judea.
Below are the first 10 verses of Jeremiah Chapter 10.