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The Most Blessed Time of the Year
Christmas truly did sneak up on me this year. If you remember, I had surgery in late November and am just now beginning to get some energy back. So here I am, begging God to perform that which he has begun in this blog. I really cannot do it by myself.
Having said all of that, I truly do love Christmas time and strive to show forth love to my family, church family and neighbors. You, Angels, are my friends and neighbors. So, with your permission, allow me to share my thoughts with you on Christmas today.
I believe that it would behoove us to make a special effort to keep Christ in Christmas. Undoubtedly, you do that every year, but the opposition is getting stronger and attacking more vehemently. So, we need to attack back and not be so passive about our faith. Towns and neighborhoods are being told to take down religious symbols. If one atheist objects the symbols come down in spite of the majority wanting them up. They state separation of church and state and like magic, the articles come down. It matters not that there is no written law and the Christian is not breaking the law. It only matters that the feelings of “one” is objecting. Angels, it is time to stand up and fight back.
Our children must know the truth of Christmas. Forget about Santa Claus and reindeer. This is fun stuff, but reality is much more important. Our children must know about the “virgin birth”. They must understand Who Jesus’ real Father is. Our children are very clever and will fully understand if backed up seriously by Mom and Dad.
The story of the shepherds following the star is much more important than Rudolph the Red-Nosed reindeer (don’t you agree?) I am confident that I have some Catholic readers and I don’t want to alienate them, but the practice of praying to Mary must be addressed at Christmas too. As believers, we respect and honor Mary too, but it is there we stop. Mary was a special, godly young virgin woman. She was not sinless or somehow better than other women because of her own virtue. She was a sinner just like we are and she had to be saved just like we do. Mary’s most admirable trait was that she was willing to be used. I know that many believe her to be the “queen of Heaven”. Do not make that mistake. Read Jeremiah 44. Read the whole chapter.
It was evil to offer sacrifices to the “queen of Heaven”. It is not referring to Mary at all, but to the wife of Nimrod. They had started a mystery religion. It was a counterfeit religion and people followed this “queen of Heaven.” It is far too lengthy of a story to reveal it to you in such a small space, but by all means honor Mary, but do not exalt her to god status. She was a sinner just like me and you and was in need of a Savior just like we are.
This Christmas, put everything in its proper place. Jesus was born as a baby and grew up in the family of Joseph and Mary. He went on to become the Savior of the world. He died for the whole world, but the whole world is not saved, because of their unbelief. Don’t be caught off guard. We have the ability to believe and trust this One who came to earth to die for our sins.
Christmas is such a special time of year. Don’t give in on any of the important issues surrounding it. Don’t let the unbelievers take over this special season and ruin it for our children and our children’s children. We have a special task to do. God has told us to “Go into all of the world and preach the gospel to every Creature.” How precious that God has entrusted it to us. We will rejoice and be glad, because we are Angels after all.