Featured in the December, 2014 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
Coast-to-coast and border-to-border, there is a war against Christmas.
There must be no Nativity Scene in any public place. It upsets people. No Christmas carol can be sung at any school program. Someone might be offended.
Hanukkah is okay and there is no problem with Kwanzaa, but Christmas is headed for the trash can.
As if this is a legal matter, we are solemnly warned about “separation of church and state”. But, we ask which church? Does the manger belong to the Methodists? Or were the shepherds Presbyterians? Is the star owned by the Catholics? Are the wise men Baptists? Are the angels Lutherans?
The whole Christmas scene is a matter of historical fact and existed before there was any church.
The cowards who make war on Christmas do not have the courage or the honesty to tell us the real problem. The problem is Jesus.
The angel told Joseph “You shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). There it is! Jesus means Savior and He came to save sinners! If you tolerate Christmas, you must acknowledge Jesus. And if you recognize Who He is, then you recognize who you are – a sinner. This is the very message of the angels to the shepherds “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior” (Luke 2:11). Christmas is only for sinners. Sinners who need to be saved from their sins and from hell. Those who are stuffed with pride and nebulous notions about their own goodness don’t need to be “saved”. They feel no need of a Savior. The whole idea of a Savior and salvation and Christmas is a personal embarrassment to this bunch. The war on Christmas is a war on Jesus. Those who repent and receive Him as Savior from their sins will be redeemed people who will rule the earth with Him. Those who reject Him and refuse His offer of salvation will be the losers. Christmas will not go away because Jesus will not go away. Whether you read in Revelation 19:16 or hear it sung in Handel’s “Messiah”, Jesus is the “King of kings and Lord of lords”.