Wednesday, December 5, 2012

They Cannot Take Christ Out Of Christmas

Pastor and author, Erwin Lutzer wrote a book called Hitler’s Cross. In it he analyzed the Nazi Party’s plan for Germany and how the Christian church in Germany responded. Listen to this paragraph from the book,

Since Germans had for centuries celebrated Christmas and Easter, Hitler had to reinterpret their meaning. Christmas was turned into a totally pagan festival; in fact, at least for the SS troops, its date was changed to December 21, the date of the winter solstice.  Carols and Nativity plays were banned from the schools in 1938, and even the name Christmas was changed to “Yuletide.” Crucifixes were eliminated from the classrooms, and Easter was turned into a holiday that heralded the arrival of spring. You will recognize the same changes taking place in America today.

 I’ve been alive for just a little over 50 years, and in that time our nation has moved to ban prayer and Bible reading from Schools.  Christian military chaplains can no longer pray in Jesus’ name. Various groups and individuals have worked successfully to remove all reference to Christ from the public square, and our president has even declared that our nation is not a Christian nation.

 There can be no doubt in any sane person’s mind that there is a deliberate and systematic attack on the Judeo-Christian foundations of our society, but what of it?  We are free people, not because our government declares us free, but because our Savior has made us free.

As long as a one living, breathing follower of Jesus Christ lives in this community or this nation, Jesus cannot be taken out, legislated out, or driven out. You see, the only way Christ can be taken out of Christmas or out of our society, is if we, those who follow Christ, take Him out. No matter who worships what this Christmas, you can worship Christ. Sing His praises, tell His story, share the joy you have found because of Him. Let them do what they may, but as for you and your house, glorify Jesus, the only begotten son of God, the Christ of Christmas.