Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Its that time of year again, the time when many people out in the world will be “offended” because many of us want to “impose” our beliefs concerning Christmas. I was reminded about that issue this morning when I read about the uproar that was caused in Killeen, Texas, when a nurse’s aid in a middle school posted a cutout of Linus and his now famous line from the 50 year old Christmas special “A Charlie Brown Christmas” In the special, when his classmates push him to modernize the production and mock his sparse Christmas tree, Charlie Brown, exasperated, shouts out: “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” Linus takes his thumb out of his mouth long enough to say: “Sure, Charlie Brown,” I can tell you what Christmas is all about. “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior which is Christ the Lord.” That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.” The Killeen Independent School District decided to remove the nurse’s aid’s poster for fear of offending those who do not believe in Christmas like we do.
I’m sure all of you have heard the phrase “keep Christ in Christmas” and what it would mean if there was no Christ in Christmas. To me it would just be “mas” which sounds a lot like mess. In fact, anybody who does not have Christ in their life, is really in a mess. That’s my opinion. I’m glad that, up to now, we can all still give ours.
A popular position of many who oppose Christianity in general is this: “I want my children to make up their own mind about what they will choose to believe.” Really? Do you want them to decide if they want to go to school, take a bath, or do house chores? In the book of Deuteronomy, Moses told the people the Lord Himself directed him to teach them His commands, decrees and laws. Among them were these: “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (Deut. 6:6-7) I bet Moses never once hinted that they could let the children decide for themselves if they wanted to believe it or not. Back then, that was the law! It was pretty clear and no one would have had any trouble whatsoever interpreting it. Our laws today, however, are hard to figure out, and many, many times, they clearly go against the Word of God. People, the day may come when you will not be able to go to church, read your bible, and other things you enjoy doing today. They may someday even force you to remove your lights and your Christmas tree. One thing no one will ever be able to do, however, is remove Jesus from your heart.
God’s word for today: (Luke 2:11) “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”