I once again wrote for the weekly religious column in the Saturday issue of the Lewiston Tribune.  The following is the article that was inspired by the "holiday" season. Read on...


            It is the Holiday season.  A festive time.  A giving time.  A time where “Happy Holidays” and “Seasons Greetings” are published throughout the land.  A time for family. A time for…me to have a BIG PROBLEM!  What could seriously be wrong with all the above mentioned?  The question is not “what is wrong with it”, but rather “what is being left out?”

            Recently I took my family on a stroll through Locomotive Park where all the lights were hung with care.  As I stood at the end looking up through the tree with all the blue lights a thought struck me.   Where is all the Christmas stuff?  You know the manger scene with the wise men and shepherds? There were definitely enough lights to create the star of Bethlehem!  There were dancing penguins, and an igloo, we heard music and got free cookies! Can’t go wrong with free cookies?!  But nothing to reflect the true meaning of Christmas: JESUS CHRIST THE SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD!!!

            Ultimately it is the age of political correctness and being so worried about offending anybody that has brought about not being allowed to put up anything about Christ, during Christmas, in a city park.  Or is it?  Honestly this is just one more step down a road, that we as a country, starting taking many years ago.  Where is God in education?  Is He allowed in your schools?  How would you feel if you were purposely forgotten on your birthday?

            The only way to remove Christ out of Christmas is to “educate” Him out.  Now the day for us to remember the true Light of Christmas has become drowned out by Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The BCS and NFL playoffs are on more minds than thinking about God’s gift to mankind. Jolly Ole Saint Nick has replaced Jesus as the centerpiece of Christmas. “Happy Holidays” and “Seasons Greetings” are the words we utter in place of “Merry Christmas”.  Tell me you have not been educated out of the true meaning of Christmas!

            Now for some “light” on the subject:

“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.”

“…Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”

“..Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

 

            Wow what a gift of God! Please dust off your Bible and read John 3:16-20 and read why God gave His Son and the reason why the “light” has been purposely turned off during Christmas.  Merry Christmas to all.

 


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