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Americans believe in Christmas, But do we believe Christ?


For some years now, one of the biggest battles in the Political Correctness wars has been the assault on Christmas. Some states and cities under pressure removed nativity scenes, some schools banned or limited sacred music, and some retailers warned against simply wishing customers Merry Christmas.

All of this yuletide backtracking has been wrought by inordinate fears of lawsuits by atheists, anarchists, or secularists looking to be offended by anything that did not fit their supposedly amoral view of the world. Completely misconstruing Jefferson’s concept about "separation of church and state” (it’s not in the Constitution), they insist their minority view of eradicating religion from the public square should be forced on everyone.

As President Lincoln famously noted, ours is “government of the people, by the people, for the people.” So, the people are the government and therefore the government should rightly reflect the values and traditions of the people.

The government should not prescribe a singularly approved philosophy or religion, but neither should the government limit or prohibit the will of the people from being manifested in government. When people are the government, it will be moral, amoral, or immoral to whatever degree the people exude.

Secularists fully understand their irreligious ideas are generally rejected by Americans, but they exploit our notions of fairness and tolerance to make public displays of morality or religion awkward or uncomfortable. If they can drive Christianity from the public square, they hope out of sight will become out of mind.

Thankfully Americans have been somewhat vigorously resisting the war on Christmas. Most Americans are determined to prove we still believe in Christmas. We proudly proclaim "Merry Christmas" to everyone and we are adamant that Christ is the reason for the season.

After all, the government declared Christmas a federal holiday to celebrate Jesus' Birthday not the winter solstice or the Roman festival of Saturn. And, most everyone enjoys this specifically Christian holiday.

The spirit of "peace on earth and goodwill toward men (Luke 2:14) becomes almost universal. And of course, everyone whether Christian or not gets fully immersed into giving and sharing gifts. But, what about the greatest gift of all?

Yes, Americans still believe in Christmas fairly fervently, but do we believe Christ?

God sent his only begotten son to die for our sins as THE GIFT of eternal life. If we believe the Christ child can and will deliver us, why are we not sharing that precious gift of salvation with everyone we know? With such a wonderful infinite gift, why is Christianity not growing and thriving in America? How could any other belief system ever hope to compete with such "Good News?"

While Americans clearly believe in Christmas, we still have trouble believing Christ. We shout Merry Christmas to prove ourselves. We strive to overcome the amoral and immoral with our pious arguments. We are determined to defeat the myriad assaults on Christianity.

But none of that can work. Only Christ can win the moral and spiritual battles of this world. We must believe Christ and let Him fight for us. Only through the strength of our faith will we make Jesus Christ the rightful center of all our efforts.

God will save America if we believe Him. We need only accept the Christ child's gift of eternal salvation; and He will do the rest. That is Good News indeed. Merry Christmas!

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

Pete Riehm is the host of Common Sense Radio heard 8pm every Thursday on FMTalk106.5 or streaming at fmtalk1065.com. Email him at peteriehm@bellsouth.net or on Twitter @PeteRiehm.

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