CALIFORNIA December 31, 2012 – Christmas 2012 is past, and the traditional open season to legally challenge nativity scenes on public property has ended. Once more, businesses, public schools, as well as individuals fell in line by using the politically correct “happy holidays” to ensure sensitivity and inclusiveness towards other celebrations. Not surprisingly, a new development goes even further as atheists use advertising to ridicule any rational faith in a God.
The war on Christmas, and more generally Christianity, has developed many different fronts over the years. A softer form exists in the secular as well as some “Cultural-Christian” communities where Jesus Christ, though loved, is only thought of as an example of compassion, wisdom, gentleness and moral instruction. His giving himself on the cross isn’t for reconciliation with God but a premier example of self-sacrifice, similar to that by our military. Though well meaning, Christ is put on the same level as other great men in history, falling into the trap that the Bible refers to as having a form of godliness but denying its power (2 Timothy 3:5).
But other forms of warfare aren’t as subtle. Unlike Veteran’s Day or Memorial Day that many passively ignore, Christmas brings out an aggressive nature that uses public policy, legislation, and judicial activism to destroy Christmas in any non-private forum. In fact, legal challenges, political correctness, and over-played personal offense have become well tuned weapons of choice to prevent any open exposure to what many still hold dear – a deep and abiding faith in the God-man Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:20).
It’s pretty obvious that assaults on Christmas, whether passive or knowingly intended, is really an attempt to remove attention being focused on what Jesus Christ actually represents on both a personal and political level. Could it be that the message of the miraculous conception and birth of Jesus Christ draws attention to the cheapening of life through abortion, euthanasia, or other life ending causes? Could it be that Christ’s view of marriage directly contradicts those trying to redefine it for selfish and misguided reasons? Or is it that Jesus’ birth points to his eventual death, burial and resurrection and is rejected by those that see no need for someone to save them from their wicked heart (1 Corinthians 15:1-21)?
To atheists, the Biblical Christ is all nonsense and only deserves ridicule (1 Corinthians 1:20-25). To skeptics, faith is a crutch only needed by the weak (Acts 17:16-33). To the well-meaning but naïve, belief in Christ is sophistry. And to an out of control government, acknowledging God would be acknowledging an ultimate authority higher than itself.
For Christians subscribing to Biblical truths in a politically correct, Santa worshipping era, the message of Christ’s act of reconciliation is the same yesterday, today and forever. No amount of intimidation, legal challenges, re-interpretation of scripture, or benign neglect will change that. What is ultimately changing, however, is the amount of religious freedom that exists to live according to convictions. This includes both sharing the gospel (for a person’s eternal health), as well as Biblical principles (for everyone’s temporal benefit) in the public square.
Ironically, the very things our nation was founded to protect is the very thing misguided individuals and organizations are trying to destroy, and with that the greatness of our nation. Though Christmas will never be exterminated, the ongoing battles are worth fighting since it gives opportunities to contrast darkness and light – and in the end, light wins.
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