Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas 2013

       Earlier this month of December 2013 I felt disturbed as I heard person upon person, television news personality, business, even a popular Atlanta Christian music station state "Happy Holidays" instead of Merry Christmas. Some were unintentional or ignorant but others, especially media members and businesses intentionally either tiptoed or flew over the word treating Jesus as if they think of Him as a contagious case of lice they desperately needed to avoid. The Christian music station Praise 102.5 acted polite while joyful about stating "Happy Holidays" making you know that the producers there are more concerned about not offending Jews, atheists, people not thrilled about Jesus Christ then behaving like a true CHRIST - LIKE radio station. Remember Peter denying Jesus three times? Well every time Praise 102.5 yells "Happy Holidays" instead of crying out Merry Christmas they are intentionally refusing to give Jesus praise and glory for the day that is supposed to recognize and praise Him not Hanukkah or Santa Claus. The same rule goes for ABC NEWS, Target, Atlanta Pubic Schools. etc. By continuously saying "Happy Holidays" instead of Merry Christmas all of these companies and personalities representing them express an intentional desire to deny Christ, to be motivated to please the world instead of pleasing our Lord and Savior.
       I am pleased though to state that some companies, most notably Publix and Kroger stood to their guns, stating Merry Christmas to their customers while not fearing any public backlash or discomfort. Phil Robertson from the Duck Dynasty stood up to GLAAD and Liberal media representatives letting them know that he cares more about obeying God then obeying the Liberal set of rules on how each person is supposed to treat the behavior homosexuality. Earlier yesterday while out with my children an older lady asked my kids if they were waiting on Santa Claus tonight, they stared at her replying nothing. I admittedly felt uncomfortable. I did not expect the silent reaction from my own children and did not immediately know what to say. Surprisingly the lady responded to me that my family must be one of those that don't celebrate Santa Claus. I confidently told her that we do not. She smiled back at me letting me know that she understood. I quickly received the message that I must not be the only individual that this lady received the same awkward like response regarding Santa Clause. There are likely many, millions of people in America and billions more around the world who don't mention Santa Clause during the Christmas season that the media often ignores. Santa Clause is not a Christian figure. Santa Clause is a figure representing the anti-Christ, someone to take Jesus place in the eyes and mind of individuals during the day of the year when we as people are suppose to celebrate Christ's birth, not to worship the giving and receiving of presents.
       So I want to say to each and every one of you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!! And spread the news. Say "Merry Christmas" to each person you greet today reminding them that the day we are celebrating is Christmas not "Holiday". And reminding Jesus Christ that we love and remember Him while not allowing the world to push us into denying Him.
32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven" Matthew 10:30-33.

38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels" Mark 8:38.

12 if we endure,
    we will also reign with him.
If we disown him,
    he will also disown us; II Timothy 2:12

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”[a] 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" Romans 10:9-13.