Tuesday, November 28, 2006

NO NATIVITY ALLOWED, BECAUSE IT IS CHRISTMAS!


You know it is officially the Christmas season when the politically correct police come out en masse to do away with the Christ part of Christmas. This one though might be the best so far, from the wires;

"CHICAGO (AP) - A public Christmas festival is no place for the Christmas story, the city says. Officials have asked organizers of a downtown Christmas festival, the German Christkindlmarket, to reconsider using a movie studio as a sponsor because it is worried ads for its film "The Nativity Story" might offend non-Christians"

Huh? This is a public CHRISTMAS festival and the city officials are asking the organizers to not allow New Line Cinema to advertise "The Nativity Story" as a sponsor of the CHRISTMAS festival. So a movie about the birth of Christ cannot, according to city officials be linked to a CHRISTMAS festival. A gathering that theoretically is being held because of the celebration of that very same birth! "The city does not want to appear to endorse one religion over another, said Cindy Gatziolis, a spokeswoman for the Mayor's Office of Special Events."

Again Huh? This is beyond being able to reason about. It is paramount to having a gay pride parade and not allowing gays to attend. It is having a Kwanza celebration and not allowing African Americans to attend. It is having a Ramadan celebration and now allowing any reference to Mohammed. Obviously those things would never happen as they are non sensical. But when it comes to Christ and Christmas all non sensical options are on the table.

The question becomes what should believers do about it? I believe a couple of things, first we should celebrate Christmas and be sure that is it Christmas and not holidays. Speak accurately and be courageous enough to display all the decorations about Christ we want. (amazing that this is a call for courage in our day and age!) But also we should rejoice in the forbidding of these things at this time of year. Jesus tells us to take great joy in being persecuted for His names sake. While we stand for truth let us do it Biblically, which means we celebrate and take joy in being counted worthy to suffer for His name. So while you continue to observe and feel the pain of ridiculous, non-sensical, bitter, angry, foolish decisions by those in authoritative positions in our society, rejoice!

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pastor tom
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