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Confronting Christmas
American Thinker, by Trevor Thomas

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Posted By:Flyball dogs, 12/24/2012 5:42:42 AM

As godless secularism becomes more and more entrenched in our culture, the Christmas season is one of the most contentious times in our calendar.  Every year, there are stories in the news of banned Christmas trees or of Christmas trees renamed "holiday trees."  Christmas concerts at public schools draw threats of a lawsuit (even when the poor in Africa are the beneficiaries!), and U.S. congressmen are barred from wishing their constituents a "Merry Christmas" in their official mailings.  This year, even Charlie Brown is creating controversy.

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While it is easy to get warm and fuzzy about a small helpless baby, it is His claims as a man and the reality of His resurrection that are the true heart and soul of Christmas.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: doodah, 12/24/2012 6:47:39 AM     (No. 9081497)

Thanks for posting. I have printed this and will read it at my family´s Christmas Day dinner table. This truth never gets old and only by believing this with all my being can I face the next few years with the anti-Christ president of America. May God have mercy on us!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: lil dotty, 12/24/2012 7:00:46 AM     (No. 9081503)

The Muslim pResident has no concept of the meaning of CHRISTmas. Apparently, he feels this should be the season of growing forests or some such......otherwise, why so many trees in our White House. The forest....for the Big Bad Wolf. Satan himself.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Judith, 12/24/2012 7:09:38 AM     (No. 9081509)

This season I have taken delight in answering Merry Christmas when someone wishes me a happy holiday. The answering delight on their faces and a joyous wish of Merry Christmas from them makes my day. But it seems as though we two are speaking a coded message that perhaps the rest of society does not want uttered.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: tennisbum, 12/24/2012 7:24:10 AM     (No. 9081525)

Even in the time of Caesar and the Roman empire, true Christians remained firm in their beliefs and worship. Today we have many "little bitty Caesar´s....the ACLU, atheists who want everything banned, secularists, many judges and courts, etc." who seek to ban Christianity from the public square, schools and public discourse. Let us continue to worship, pray for the lost souls and resist all attempts to stifle or suppress our Christian beliefs and traditions. Wish´em all Merry Christmas and drive´em crazy!!!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bpl40, 12/24/2012 7:54:03 AM     (No. 9081566)

"For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord..." What other meaning can there be?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: abiner, 12/24/2012 8:55:02 AM     (No. 9081680)

For the past 15 years, I´ve taken fiendish delight in wishing people a hearty "Merry Christmas," in the hope that someone would get offended. So far, no one has, even though I live in California, the land of the Grinches.

If someone ever did, I would simply tell him to get over it. I´m not about to apologize for enjoying the Christmas season.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: M2, 12/24/2012 9:05:58 AM     (No. 9081691)

Who wants to be confronted with the idea that maybe they are ignoring the most significant event in human history? Who wants to be reminded that perhaps Jesus Christ really was (and is) a King?

Perhaps Pascal´s Wager should be carefully examined.

What non-Christians object to is the exclusive nature of the Christian religion. It excludes all other "truths". For the Christian, there is no such pabulum as "True for you but not for me". If one studies Christ´s own words and those of Scripture, one is left with an "offensive" message, i.e., there is no Truth other than that which comes from Christ Jesus.

Christianity has been an offensive religion since Jesus walked the earth. It is still offensive because it is utterly politically-incorrect.

While I know no Christians who want to "shove their religion down our throats", as is so often claimed by non-Christians, we do believe that Jesus is exactly who He said He was. He still is, and by His sacrifice, we have eternal life.

There is indeed something to "confront" in Christmas. As C.S. Lewis said, Jesus did not allow for any other pathway than what He proclaimed. Jesus said He alone was the Way, the Truth and the Life. He didn´t add, "...unless you find something more warm and fuzzy that will appeal to everyone."

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Reply 8 - Posted by: trackman999, 12/24/2012 9:07:23 AM     (No. 9081692)

I too have been saying Merry Christmas in response to "Happy Holidays" and people love it. The "Merry Christmas " I get back is genuine. Their voices, and expressions change when they say it. They feel good, and I feel great. P.S. They don´t know that I´m Jewish.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: abiner, 12/24/2012 9:20:14 AM     (No. 9081714)

8: Me too.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 12/24/2012 11:03:42 AM     (No. 9081934)

FTA: "Who wants to be confronted with the idea that maybe they are ignoring the most significant event in human history? Who wants to be reminded that perhaps Jesus Christ really was (and is) a King?"

There is a Christmas song, not sung anymore, but my mother used to sing it in church at Christmas. It´s called The Babe in the Manger. The first verse sums up the message of the article:

"Do you worship the babe in the manger
But reject the Christ of the cross?
Your redemption comes not by the manger
But the death of Christ on the cross."

The center of Christmas is the cross. I love the way its message is summed up in the verse of another, modern hymn, by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend:

"Son of Adam Son of heaven
Given as a ransom
Reconciling God and man
Christ our mighty Champion!
What a Saviour what a Friend
What a glorious mystery
Once a babe in Bethlehem
Now the Lord of history"

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Reply 11 - Posted by: udanja99, 12/24/2012 11:15:40 AM     (No. 9081964)

Exactly, #10. I once heard a priest simplify your post by saying, "Without Christ´s resurrection, Christmas would be meaningless".

Ditto everyone on the wishing of "Merry Christmas". When a cashier in a store gives me that wish instead of the PC "HH", I stop and thank them. At the supermarket last night a cashier in another check out was wearing a "Jesus is the reason for the season" sweatshirt with her Santa hat. I walked over and thanked her too.

Merry Christmas everyone and a blessed one too!

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