Monday, December 19, 2016

The Worst Of Sinners Loving The Politically Correct This Christmas

Now the goal of our instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith.
1 Timothy 1:5

     One of the enemies of Christ, the faith, and the church is the world's anti-God view. The Bible calls this un-believing, Satanically inspired and designed way of thinking simply, "the world." If you don't believe it is real, open your ears. "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays?"  Since the word "Christmas" might offend those who do not believe in Christ, schools and businesses force students and employees to use "Happy Holidays" in place of "Merry Christmas."
     Well, removing Christ from Christmas is no longer enough, so "holiday" which is an abbreviation of "holy-day" is now an unacceptable word. Since some celebrate no "holy-days" this time of year, it's better just to call that "Christmas Tree" a "Giving Tree" and that "Christmas Party" and "End Of Year Party."
      So, how do we fight this battle?  Should we confront all this anti-religious correctness? While it seems like no big deal to some, I believe we should resist any attempt to remove Christ from anything since He, and He alone is the hope of mankind. The question is how to fight this particular battle.
     The Bible tells us that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal. They tear down more than words. They demolish the theology behind the words, the strongholds of our minds. Our primary weapons are prayer and the Word of God. The battle never ends, so make sure you begin the day with God and His Word.
     What next? You've chosen not to bow to this worldview that rejects Christ. How do you resist? I think it's important to ask another question first. Why are you resisting?  When you go out and intentionally say "Merry Christmas" rather than "Happy Holidays" or nothing at all, why are you saying "Merry Christmas?"  What's the motivation of your heart?
     Is it love for the lost who inhabit this lost world, or is it to be a warrior for Christmas?  See, a huge part of the purpose of God's truth is to create in us "love that comes from a pure heart." So as you go out into the world, after first having spent quality time with God in His Word and prayer, focus first on "love that comes from a pure heart."
     "Merry Christmas" from an unloving heart is nothing more than a carnal club used to beat the enemy. It can, however, be an expression of faith in the Christ who came to save sinners. The battle is not just in the world, but also in our own hearts and minds. If we're going to do battle in these culture wars, it must be for God's purposes. He loves deluded, deceived, politically correct and unbelieving people and wants them to be saved. That's actually the purpose of the incarnation which we celebrate at Christmas, as the Apostle Paul wrote, "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners - and I am the worst of them." (1 Tim. 1:15)
     So, fight the politically correct, anti-Christ world. Refuse any demand to deny Christ, at Christmas or any other time, but do it because you love Jesus and those He came to save. And, don't just say "Merry Christmas," but proclaim the Gospel of Christ. Proclaim it because you love Him, you love the Gospel that saved you, and you love the sinner. Proclaim it because maybe you are also one of the "the worst of them" and His Gospel saved you.