A lot of Evangelicals become upset this time of year and they often speak about "taking Christmas back" or "putting Christ back into Christmas." Although I understand what they are saying when they utter those phrases it seems to me they are operating with a false presupposition about the nature of religious belief in the Socialist Democracy of Amerika today. The biggest false assumption made by those who want to take Christmas back is that a true biblical conception of Christmas actually existed in the minds and souls of the citizens who populate this country in the first place.
The SDA has never been a Christian country, despite what Evangelicals love to believe. It is impossible to ratify a constitution that legitimizes and mandates a secular civil government and be a Christian nation at the same time. It is impossible to reject the law of God in civil government and claim to be a Christian nation. The law of a nation always reveals its operational deity. It is impossible to require no religious test for those who seek to rule over us and claim to be a Christian nation at the same time. The total number of true Christians who live in this land has no doubt fluctuated throughout the years but, make no mistake, this has never been a God-honoring Christian nation.
Joseph Sobran writes this about how Christians in this country don't fully appreciate the true nature of Jesus' teachings, as well as biblical Christianity, and its opposition to the civil government of the SDA, "Sometimes I think the anti-Christian forces take Christ more seriously
than most nominal Christians do. The Western world, including many of
those who consider themselves Christians, has turned Christmas into a
bland holiday of mere niceness. If you don’t get into the spirit, you’re
likely to be called a Scrooge....Nice? That’s hardly the word for Jesus. He performed miracles of love
and mercy, but he also warned of eternal damnation, attacked and
insulted the Pharisees, and could rebuke even people who adored him in
words that can only make us cringe....Such a strong, indeed unique, personality could only meet strong — and
unique — resistance. This is why Christians shouldn’t resent the natural
resistance of those who refuse to celebrate his birth. In their way,
those people are his witnesses too."
Christmas is not for God-hating pagans. If God-hating pagans want to celebrate some warm fuzzy midwinter event by hypocritically speaking about peace, joy, love and goodwill towards men, let them do it on their own time. It will only add to the weight of their eternal punishment. Why should true Christians care about what other people do in the name of Christ? Jesus Himself will deal with them. We should leave them alone or call them to repent of their sins and let Jesus deal with their blasphemies.
I watched "A Charlie Brown Christmas" again last night. Your probably read about the government school teacher in Texas who ran afoul of the powers that be when she posted Linus' speech, taken from Luke 2 in the Bible, on the door to her room. The principal ordered her to take it down. A compromise was eventually reached and she was permitted to leave the words from the Bible on her door. I would not have allowed that. If I worked for the government I would enforce a strict separation of the Christian church and the government schools. No Bible verses would ever be allowed in my school in any form. Any student who quoted the Bible would be expelled for the sin of intolerance. But that is just me. I try to live consistently with my beliefs although I realize that most people just want to experience good feelings throughout life.
As much as I love Linus' speech in the television show from the 1960s, the writers left one important part of the passage out. Luke 2: 13- 14 says, "And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.'" I have highlighted the part that everyone always leaves off. Were you aware that the phrase "peace among men on earth" is incomplete? Did you know that the angels added the extremely important qualifier, "with whom He is pleased" to the group he blesses with peace? Most people are not. Indeed, most people would consider me to be harsh, intolerant, extreme, and unloving simply for pointing out this important truth. God does not grant peace to men on earth with whom He is not pleased and, as far as I can tell, He is not pleased with most people.
On the contrary, when we seek out God's opinion about the citizens of the earth we find this rather caustic analysis, "There is none righteous, not even one. There is none who understands. There is none who seeks for God. All have turned aside, together they have become useless. There is none who does good, not even one." You will find that passage in Romans 3.
The history of mankind is not one of peace. It is one of war, ceaseless, endless, destructive war. The history of the SDA is exactly the same. Precious few are the years this country has not been at war with some other foreign land. Why do men wage war endlessly? God answers that question as well. The answer is found in James 4: 1-3. It says, "What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? You lust and do not have, so you commit murder. And you are envious and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures." That sums up human nature pretty well, don't you think? It also sums up Amerikan foreign policy and the Amerikan political process with perfection.
A Christian is a person who agrees with God about His opinion of men and who then makes the voluntary decision to repent of his sin and promise to be obedient to the Word of God for the rest of his life. A Christian is a person who can be forgiven of his sin because of the propitiatory sacrifice of the sinless Son of God. A Christian is a person who celebrates the incarnation of the Second Person of the Trinity in the God-Man Jesus the Messiah. That is what a Christian celebrates at Christmas and if you are not a Christian you would be wise to not pretend to be one this time of year. Be true to yourself. Pagans should celebrate their utterly ridiculous belief that men are basically good and able to save themselves by doing good deeds that outweigh their bad deeds which then forces God to allow them into heaven. Worshipers of the civil government of the SDA should praise their career politicians and lobby them for special privileges in the coming year, all in the name of equity and fairness of course. Christians should fall on their knees and thank God that He sent His Son to be their savior. Christmas is really only for Christians because only Christians understand what it means. There is nothing wrong with that.
Note to regular readers: I am taking next week off. I will return in the new year. Until then, Merry Christmas to Christians and a short prayer for the rest of you that you will repent before it is too late.