Tim Wildmon – http://www.afa.net
Thursday, December 05, 2013 – See more at: http://www.onenewsnow.com/perspectives/tim-wildmon/2013/12/05/to-those-who-say-there-is-no-war-on-christmas#sthash.Eefk3Brh.dpuf
Christmas is the most notable day on the calendar where the general American public is reminded of the life of Jesus Christ. That is why some want to do away with it.
Someone sent me an article from USA Today, which has this headline: “Not all Christians believe there is a ‘War on Christmas.'” The article quotes Christian leaders and authors saying they disagree with those of us who believe there is a war on Christmas. I could give a litany of examples of exactly how the war on Christmas has manifested itself the last decade or so. From nativity scenes no longer being allowed on the courthouse square, to schools changing Christmas break to “winter” break, from Christmas parades being changed to “winter” parades, to children being told they can no longer sing carols during their “winter” program, etc., etc. There is an intentional effort by some secularists to purge the word ‘Christmas’ from our culture. Whether it will be successful or not remains to be seen. But it’s discouraging to see some fellow Christians say – “Who cares?”
The very word itself – “Christmas” – is a reminder that this particular holiday is the celebration of Jesus Christ. Those who promote political correctness and extreme multiculturalism resent this because it is exclusionary in their view. Some Christians are willing to go along with that line of thinking. For example, USA Today quoted Dan Scott, senior pastor of Christ Church in Nashville, who said this: “We really need a way to treat the public square as the public square and private realms as private realms and not feel demonized because we come from a different perspective.” In other words, Christians should keep Christmas in our homes and churches – the “private realms” – but we can’t expect the general public to be accepting of Christmas any longer because it promotes Christianity.
Christmas is the exaltation of one particular religion that makes a claim of being the only true religion and that is unacceptable to the movers and shakers of contemporary American popular culture, elitist academia, and many in the mainstream media, news, and entertainment. Therefore, Christmas must be replaced with words and ideas that are broad and general so as to knock Christmas from its traditional place in America’s public life. It is an attempt to define Christianity as no more important to the history and fabric of America than is, say, Hinduism. This is what these people (often called secular progressives) believe, and evidently a number of Christians agree with that position. Subsequently these Christians find more fault with their fellow believers – those of us who want to keep Christ in Christmas and Christmas in America – than they do with those who want to eradicate Christmas.
This is why it concerns me when I read stories like the one in USA Today. One of the people quoted in the article is Christian author Rachel Held Evans, best known for her book, A Year of Biblical Womanhood. Evans wrote a blog that went viral where she challenges the idea of a war on Christmas with these questions: “Did someone threaten your life, safety, civil liberties or right to worship?” No. “Did someone wish you happy holidays?” Yes. “You are not being persecuted.”
What Evans has done here is very clever. She framed the issue falsely. She set up a straw man. No one is arguing that Christians are being persecuted physically. What we are saying is Christianity itself is under siege in America. Just ask the Christian bakery owners in Washington state, the Christian florist in Colorado, or the Christian photographer in New Mexico who were all fined by their state governments because they would not participate in homosexual “weddings.” But what Evans has done is like the man who cheats on his wife and she confronts him about it. It might go something like this:
“I know you are cheating on me. What do you have to say for yourself?” the wife says. To which the husband responds: “There are children dying in sweatshops in Third World countries, and you are talking to me about my having sex a couple of times with some woman? Are you serious?”
See how this works? The “logic” is: If your life is not being threatened or your family is not in physical danger or your church is not being padlocked, then we have no cause to point out the war of Christmas. It’s much ado about nothing, say these Christian brothers.
The war on Christmas is really part of the larger war on Christianity and it concerns me that smart people like Rev. Scott and Evans don’t seem to get that.
Then there was the quote from Daniel Darling, vice president of communications for the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. The article said this about his position: “He (Darling) said on Friday that some media outlets are overstating the war on Christmas debate, and very few Christians actually engage in it. ‘We advise people that, rather than trying to force that weary Wal-Mart worker to say ‘Merry Christmas’ against company policy, how about we be the bearers of joy. Instead of taking offense, say, ‘Here’s the story, we’re the joyful ones. We’re the ones that have the greatest story.'”
Darling, like Evans, has created a false caricature of his fellow Christians who want to keep Christmas alive in the public square. The image Darling creates is one of a Christian bully. Who does this browbeating of store employees? No one I know. (By the way, Wal-Mart does not forbid its employees from wishing customers a “Merry Christmas.”) What American Family Association and some other groups do is produce a Naughty & Nice list of companies that do or don’t allow Christmas in their stores. Due to the efforts of AFA, many household name corporations have put Christmas back in their promotions, advertisements, and stores over the last few years. The Gap was the latest store to write AFA about how they were doing this. This is a good thing. Christians should applaud Gap and others when they refuse to yield to political correctness and recognize that if not for the Christmas gift-buying season, many of them would not be in business.
All of this Christians criticizing other Christians, often based on false information as demonstrated here, seems to be a trend. I’m not sure why this is, but I have a couple of theories. First, we Bible-believing Christians have been so maligned and lied about by the media, particularly the entertainment and news media, that the negative stereotype that has been created has stuck. And now even we are quick to believe the worst about our fellow brothers and sisters. The second reason is what I call the “nicer than Jesus” mentality. It is human nature to want to be liked and avoid confrontation. Christian activism, while it should always be carried out with civility and manners, is sometimes by necessity confrontational – and confrontation is not considered “nice” by some. But Jesus himself said in Matthew 5:10: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Jesus is talking here about a public stand for biblical righteousness, not just being a Christian. The world doesn’t care if you are Christian … as long as you don’t talk about what’s right and wrong, moral and immoral, or good and evil. That’s when the persecution comes.
Is there a war on Christmas? Yes. Is it part of a larger war on Christianity? Yes. Does this matter to the future of our country? Most certainly.
Just because Christians are not being physically persecuted in America today doesn’t mean these matters are not important. Not only is Christianity good for the individual, the moral value system that comes from Christianity is also good for society at large. God help us get it back before it’s too late.
Some very sad yet excellent reflections by Trevin Wax. I too, as a father, can’t help but “…weep for the fathers of Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Madonna, and all the family members of all the other women who feel they have to sexualize themselves to achieve success…” Also see link at the very bottom of this post for a related poignant article.
by Trevin Wax published Aug 26, 2013 on TheGospelCoalition.org
For the rest of the day, I wondered:
What kind of people are we?
What kind of culture have we created?
What do we want our children to be?
No more wondering. Tonight, I weep.
I weep for the little girl who gave us Hannah Montana and became a role model to millions of little girls across America.
I weep for the lostness of a girl who doesn’t see herself stumbling around in the dark.
I weep for the news channels that profit from their all-day coverage of a young woman spiraling out of control.
I weep for the American Idol culture that promises glitter and gold to children, then chews them up and spits them out.
I weep for an entertainment culture that celebrates the breaking of every social taboo and the casting off of every restraint, only then to turn and mock the stars that follow suit.
I weep for a tabloid culture that finds celebrity gossip and embarrassing moments titillating.
I weep for women enslaved by a false view of sexual liberation.
I weep for men (myself included) who have failed to say, “Enough is enough.”
I weep for all the times I’ve looked at women as objects and failed to see them as someone’s sisters and daughters.
I weep for the fathers of Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Madonna, and all the family members of all the other women who feel they have to sexualize themselves to achieve success.
I weep for my five-year-old little girl, who twirls around like a princess and hugs me tight at night, when I think of the world she is growing up in, the world I will send her into.
I weep for the broken, messed-up world we live in.
But then I weep at the power of grace.
There’s Jesus, lifting the head of a woman of the night and sending her away into the light. There’s Jesus in a crowd, healing a woman desperately trying to cover the shame. There’s Jesus at the well, transforming a woman tossed aside by multiple men.
Weeping is no longer enough. Now, I pray.
[read original article at TheGospelCoalition.org]
Now, see link below. Here is another related and very interesting article from, of all places theOnion.com. I know that most, if not all articles on theOnion.com are not true and posted for comedy only, this article has never been truer. Also, I now have yet another reason to prefer Fox News over CNN.
Holy smokes! This above all makes sharing posts and social media in general worthwhile, when you find gems like this. I found this because Bristol Palin shared it. Hope you enjoy and share it as much as I did!
Does anyone here wonder where Mr. Phil Robertson stands in regards to abortion? The Bible? Our Forefathers? Keep scrolling. See video below.
August 20, 2013 By Bristol Palin
I saw this on my friend’s site, and had to let you guys see it. You know that I’m a Duck Dynasty fan. But after watching Phil Robertson’s sermon, I love those guys even more!
Check this out and pass the collection plate:
A great article from Dr. Marshall Foster at World History Institute Written on July 4, 2013 [note: I added emphasis in the text below]
There is a tidal wave of Christianity spreading in nation after nation as never before in history. Christianity is the fastest growing religion in the world today. True faith is spreading and modern secularism is failing. These declarations are verified by research of scholars and best-selling authors such as Dinesh D’Souza, of Stanford’s Hoover Institution; Phillip Jenkins, Cambridge trained professor and author of The Next Christendom; and David Aikman, Oxford trained former worldwide reporter for Time magazine and author of Jesus in Beijing, How Christianity is Changing the Global Balance of Power.
Throughout the past century, the developing world has come to recognize what it means to believe in our Lord, the Ruler of the world, who died, rose and now rules the nations from His throne on high. One hundred years ago 80% of Christians resided in Europe or America. The missionary movement, which began in England and America, has changed the world over the past two centuries. Christianity has exploded and now over 60% of the Christian believers live in the rapidly modernizing developing countries.
In Brazil there were not enough evangelicals to notice several decades ago; now there are 50 million new believers. More than 480 million people in South America embrace their true King. In Asia there are now 313 million voluntary members of Christ’s Kingdom. An estimated 100 million Christians in China worship in underground churches. In Africa, there were only 10 million Christians in 1900; now there are 360 million.
China will likely become the largest Christian nation in the world within a few decades, according to David Aikman. Aikman has spent a lifetime covering the Iron and Bamboo Curtain countries and their progressive fall into the arms of Jesus. Aikman observed in his book Jesus in Beijing that Christianity is that unstoppable, loving movement that causes entire nations, like China and the Iron Curtain countries, to eventually rise up and throw off their oppressors, overturning the global balance of power. Aikman said that Czechoslo- vakia, as if the nation were one person, cast off her communist oppressors in a week. [Photo on right from Chariots of Fire, a 1981 British historical drama film]
Today there are 560 million Europeans and 260 million Americans who are at least nominally Christian, and tens of millions of these are still holding forth the true faith. However, the believers in the developing countries are immersed in the world of the Bible often more than the devout Christians in the West. Even though 200 million of these believers face persecution and most are under dictatorships, they are spreading Christ’s kingdom with passion and sacrifice. David Aikman documents that in China the leading intellectuals, scientists and entrepreneurs are becoming Christians. As they meet in their home churches, they are training to be missionaries to the Muslim world and even to the West as they work for the doors of freedom to open in China. African believers hold an orthodox view of the inspired Word of God. Many African Anglican pastors and bishops have emigrated from Africa back to Britain and are preaching to some of the largest and fastest growing churches in the British Isles. South Korea now has 12,000 full-time missionaries in the field, second only to the United States.
Modern secularism is no match for this tidal wave of God’s love and power that is moving across the earth bringing the universal liberating truths of Scripture. The non-believing world and its leaders, to maintain the façade of civilization and order, are forced to use Christian rhetoric. Evolutionary and atheistic worldviews, with their survival of the fittest and “get all you can in this life” philosophies, are incompatible with equal human rights, selfless virtues or just laws. Only if we are accountable to a perfect God to love our neighbor is there any reason to act with kindness toward the weak, elderly or unlovable.
For example, Friedrich Nietzsche, the founder of modern Nihilism, the “God is dead” movement, had to admit that all equal rights theories are Christian in origin. He said “Another Christian concept, no less crazy [to an atheist]: the concept of equality of souls before God. This concept furnishes the prototype of all theories of equal rights.” What he does not say is that without these Christian derived rights, Nietzsche’s own philosophy of death that he himself was free to spew in a Christian society would have certainly led him to the Gulag in a totalitarian atheistic state.
Christianity brings liberty and freedom to the world, not because its followers have money or military power, but because it is True. Revisionist historians have labored to hide the irrefutable truth of Christianity. Most people are not taught that the early Christians brought the mighty Roman Empire to its knees by the time of Constantine in 312 A.D; or that Ireland, ruled by demonic druid priests, peacefully bowed to their rightful Sovereign through the preaching of one man, Patrick, in the 4th Century; or that Germany turned from the worship of evil gods and human sacrifice to become the early center of Christendom as it enlightened Europe in the 8th Century; or that England under Alfred the Great, turned the government of the world upside down with English Common Law based upon the Ten Commandments, laws of Moses, and the Gospels; or that the great scientists of the Middle Ages from Francis Bacon, the founder of the scientific method to Isaac Newton, perhaps the greatest scientist of all time, bowed to the Savior and His eternal laws and created a modern world that reveals his Lordship and order.
The American Colonists, revived through the unleashing of the Word of God, declared that they would “have no king but King Jesus” in response to the tyranny of King George. The Americans drew up a covenant with their new King and each other, calling it the Declaration of Independence, in which they placed their reliance on “divine Providence.” Americans have been the most blessed people in history as a result. On the day the Declaration of Independence was signed Samuel Adams stood and declared, “We have this day restored the Sovereign to Whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come.”
The great news is that once we in America understand and recapture our biblical heritage of liberty – united with believers worldwide – we may be on the precipice of the greatest revival in history!
– Marshall Foster
I agree. I hope all the TV and other media producers are listening. We are tired of the Jerry Springers. Give us more shows like Duck Dynasty!
Phil Robertson may not appreciate me writing about his business or his family. I’m what Phil would derisively call a “yuppy.” I don’t own camo, hunt, or have a beard. That’s not to say I’m some granola PETA-type; I’m a devoted carnivore who loves gumbo, fried fish, and even the occasional boudin link. Phil lives off the land and, frankly, doesn’t think very highly of the lifestyle the rest of us non-outdoorsy types choose to live. I dwell comfortably in the suburbs buying my groceries at Kroger where the butcher kindly dresses my meat. In some ways, Phil and I have about as much in common as Snooki and the Pope, which is why it may seem odd that I have been sucked into Phil Robertson’s world via the uber-popular Duck Dynasty reality show.
Phil’s story fascinates me.
Decades ago, Phil kicked his wife and kids out of his house…
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