Christmas season is in moribund transition, if I may use the term. By that I mean the changes taking place with regard to what Christmas is all about represents much more than simply a decline of culture. The change taking place is moving culture in this nation and the world in direction that will engender deadly consequences.
This world system is dying.
The thought first pierced my thinking while listening to a news program of some sort. The story was about how the leftist, politically correct machine is attacking Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Now, I know I’m right off the bat offending the Christmas purists who view any secular characterization in conjunction with the Christmas story as near blasphemy. But, I implore that we get past for the moment how the Advent of Christ has been paganized to whatsoever extent–thus to make the point I hope to make: that we can know how near we might be to the midnight of the age and the call of Christ to His Church.
To get back to the TV news story, the report informed how much of social media is making the story of Rudolph one of how evil American culture has stigmatized anyone who is different. The Millennial view for the most part seems to be that the story shows that group bullying is approved of, thus Christmas is just an American cultural invention to keep those not like the majority in a position of inferiority. The news program’s host said that those who hold such a view obviously haven’t read the whole Rudolph story. She said that it actually was a story of anti-bullying and anti-bigotry.
That, at least, was my take on the news report I heard. Many amongst the Millennial generation increasingly view many things about Christmas as a cultural/societal device to oppress the downtrodden.
Of course, the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, gets totally lost in all of this politically correct machination. Satan’s obvious plot therefore seems to be working effectively, as do many of the other nefarious elements of his blueprint to move mankind farther from their Creator and their only means of redemption.
Several items of news of late punctuate how the grand deceiver is working through human minions to bring about the moribund transition through subverting the true Christmas message.
One such story involves a city ordinance of municipal government in Austin, Texas, that might force churches to hire LGBT people, including pastors. Gay and transsexual employees, including members of the clergy, will almost certainly soon be part of Austin churches if things proceed as they look now.
A second news story reports that Facebook censored a photo of Santa kneeling before a manger scene. The photo was covered up by the Facebook thought police.
Facebook censored an image of Santa Claus kneeling before the baby Jesus, deeming it “violent” or too “graphic.” There was never a reason I could find why they found the scene violent or too graphic. But there was answer to the effect that the scene might offend, although there was no explanation as to how it might offend.
Again, I don’t want to give the impression that I condone mixing Santa Claus with the manger scene–the secular with the truly important truth about the reason for the season. I can see where that might “offend” some in some way. I simply want to make the point of how the moribund transition is taking place incrementally. The Christmas story–that Jesus came to save the lost–is being used as a political tool and a psychological tool to move culture and society ever farther from man’s only hope of redemption. It is a deadly track down which the world is going.
And, it is a worldwide war, not just one confined to America, that is taking place in this regard.
Another report from Italy told of a ten-year-old school girl who fought to have the name of Jesus reinserted into a song that was part of her school’s Christmas celebration. The Lord’s name had been removed from the song because it would “offend.”
The charge in taking the name of Jesus out of the song was that it might offend non-Catholics. The real reason, according to the report, was that the name was taken out because they feared it would offend Muslims and cause violent reaction from that quarter.
These reports , I am aware, are not earth-shattering in comparison to many, much more profound, things being reported around the world. But in God’s Holy Eyes, such treatment of His Son, who died for the sins of a world full of lost and eternally dying people, no doubt is among the most serious offenses.
Bible history is replete with God dealing with generations of people who deliberately flaunt their rebellion in His face. The book of Job reports the Lord’s displeasure and reaction to such rebellion: “Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same. By the blast of God they perish, and by the breath of his nostrils are they consumed” (Job 4:8-9).
We truly ARE in the last of the last days and time is so limited! I feel something terrible is coming and it’s something even we, as followers of Christ can’t anticipate. The world has reduced God Almighty to nothing and His Son also. They are willfully ignorant and live by “if men say it’s ok then it is ok” and it’s NOT ok and even we, as those who serve Almighty God have NO IDEA of His power, might and yes, the terrible plan for the tribulation.
May God have mercy on the lost and may many have their eyes and ears opened before it’s to late. Pray for them always my dear brothers and sisters. God bless you Brother Terry! All my love in Christ
The sad truth of the matter today is that it is perfectly okay to offend Jesus and anyone who believes in the Jesus we read about in the Bible. Try doing that with Muhammad and watch what happens. In the most extreme case it’ll get you killed. At the very least it’ll get you tagged as a bigot. The world is becoming increasingly a place where lies get traction and the truth does not.
This is tough to watch even for those of us who know this is exactly the way conditions will be before the end of this age. Also, it is unpleasant to realize, we Bible-believing Christians are NOT going to save the world.
The best we can do now is to man the lifeboats while the ship heads down into the abyss and try to bring in more survivors who might be floating in the water. Our ultimate rescue will come from Jesus and not ourselves.Toward that end, we should be watching always, lest we miss him when he comes.
I don’t think we’ll have to be watching for very long now.
Reblogged this on Logos Speaks.
TY and reblogged. Truth.:*(
More and more I have the attitude of the Prophet Jonah and his wanting God’s wrath poured out on Nineveh. I want to see justice so badly. I believe America has become evil and I am no longer proud of it. Instead of being the light on the hill as in the past, we have the main exporter of our decadence. We deserve the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah now. Jonah’s heart was wrong and so is mine. My attitude is a sin and I know it. I’m just being honest about my feelings now and venting. I can’t even handle watching the news anymore. I must be under Satan’s full attack now because I’m having trouble dealing with the wickedness. I know from reading comments from believers on other sites that many feel as I do. I GROAN NOW, day and night. I will continue to witness and spread the gospel but it’s becoming more difficult when it’s needed now more than ever. Pray for me. 2Co 5:2 “For verily in this we groan, longing to be clothed upon with our habitation which is from heaven”. Maranatha Lord Jesus!!
I do not understand why Christians are so concerned about offending the Muslims. How can they know Him if they are not told? Part of telling is in celebrating His birth and resurrection. They are offended by both the manger and the cross. They say that god/allah has no son but we don’t worship god/allah, we worship Jehovah God and His only begotten Son Jesus the Christ. They have to die as martyrs to please allah but our Savior died that we might live.
There are even those who claim God raped Mary in order for Jesus to be conceived and born. That is blasphemy and if you read the account in the Bible. Mary worshiped God and she was consenting and honored to be the mother of Jesus.