Merry Christmas everyone! I hope and pray that your Christmas is blessed. As you may or may not know, the purpose of my blog, website, and Facebook page is to show the wisdom of God and the absurdity of denying God. It's my passion to see people coming to know Jesus Christ, and to see Christians encouraged and equipped to evangelise and give a strong defense of their faith.
Our faith is under attack and there is a war on against Christianity. In the West we see an attempt by secularists and professed atheists to keep Christ out of Christmas and out of the public sphere altogether - not just at Christmas time but throughout the year.
What I've also found is that there are also a vocal minority of Christians who are strongly opposed to Christmas and think that it's pagan. So when I shared memes like the one below I got a lot of opposition - not from atheists - but from Christians. This meme in particular was shared by the Freedom From Atheism Foundation (FFAF) and has had over 250 Shares and 35,000 views.
I found the following articles helpful in explaining why Christmas is not pagan:
The Origin of Christmas - Answers in Genesis.
Is Christmas Pagan? - Stand to Reason.
Christmas: Of Pagan Origins?
Can Christians Celebrate Christmas? - Carm.
Preaching An Irrelevant Christmas Message?
Another issue related to Christmas is the importance of reaching out with the gospel in a way that people can understand. This article discusses that:
Christmas Sermons - Are Churches Preaching an Irrelevant Message.
Persecuted Christians and Christmas
Some absurd beliefs are more dangerous than others. And Islam is one of the most dangerous of those absurdities. For many Christians around the world it's not going to be such a "merry" Christmas because of persecution in the face of Islamic jihad and sharia law. For example Pastor Saeed is in a prison in Iran for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
American Pastor Saeed Writes Heartbreaking Christmas Letter From "Hard, Cold" Prison - ACLJ.
Pray also for all of the Christians in the Middle East who have suffered persecution and are still suffering.
"Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with
them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were
suffering." (Hebrews 13:3)
ISIS and Islamic jihadists in the
Middle East are attempting to destroy Christianity. Their tactics are
brutal, as this video makes clear: ISIS Swallowing Iraq: They're Beheading Children.
There truly is a war against Christmas and Christians. It is time for Christians to stand up for Christ, and time for Christians in the West to be a voice for the voiceless. News items like the one above from CBN news are not making it into the mainstream media, and most people are not aware of the genocide against Christians that is going on. We live in dire times, but thank God that ultimately we know who wins. May God bless you and give you peace through Christ this Christmas and every day of the year.
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