"Christmas time's a comin'! Got me a brand new present!"
Christmas has been such a special time for millions of people the world over. Beyond the commercialization, it is still the most favorite of holidays. Special times with family, giving gifts in remembrance of He who gave the ultimate gift, reflecting on times past when those who have gone home before us were here to celebrate. It is a wonderful and magical season! It is for this reason that the assault on Christmas in recent years has been most troubling for me. It is in fact part of a larger pattern that Christians the world over must recognize and decide to respond to, or Christmas will become a thing of the past, an ancient tradition celebrated only in secret behind closed doors by the few who refuse to be beaten down by the evil of collectivism disguised as political correctness.
The very nature of Christmas and the birth of Christ it celebrates makes this a most difficult decision for us Christians. In life, for the most part, Christ was kind, loving and peaceful. The stories of Christ replying to hate with love are rightly the bedrock of the Christian faith. The overall message of Christ is to 'Love thy Neighbor'. What a beautiful message; what a glorious goal. But that was not the only message of Christ. You see, when Christ cast out evil spirits from people affected he was sending another more subtle message. There is evil in our world. It cannot be ignored. It must be cast out. And it must be done so by those with strong and unfaltering faith in the Holy Spirit.
Jesus also overturned the tables of the money-changers and attacked them with the jaw bone of an ass to chase them from the temple steps. This was another message of Christ. God's house is not to be defiled with Man's greed and sinful disregard for fellow Man. Righteous indignation. This too is a message of Christ. It is a fine line to walk and only a line for those strong in faith and strident in purpose. But it is a line that must be held or evil will have it's way in this world. We are seeing some of that in these times in which we exist. Evil unchecked will spread and the damage to Mankind is much more extensive that any perceived prevention of damage from 'intolerance' or 'hypocrisy'. Turning the other cheek in love to one who will receive that message is a blessing. Turning the other cheek to evil that is then allowed to permeate a society and destroy the fabric of a nation is neither 'Love' nor 'Holy'. It is quite simply the fertilization of more evil. Nothing could be less holy.
It saddens me to even feel the need to pass on this Christmas message. However, I do so with confidence, faith and righteousness. God intends for His people to fight for their honor, their livelihood, their children's freedom and the peace-loving peoples of the earth. If not us Christians, who? If not you, who? Who will fight for decent peoples to be able to celebrate their faith without the assault on tradition that has prevailed of late? Who will fight the forces of evil who disguise their Marxist collectivism in compassion, not in a Godly manner but in the manner of tyranny where force and coercion demand participation? Forced compassion is not compassion, is not efficient and is not anywhere near Holy. It is evil plain and simple. It is the design of Man and not God. It is the design of a few atheistic wastes of human potential forcing their paganistic views on all around them. Tolerance of evil is not virtuous or righteous. It is in fact immoral and reprehensible. Tolerance of evil is a selfish attempt to deflect evil from oneself without regard to the damage it may do to others around us. It is the most despicable of human frailties, self-preservation at the expense of our fellow Man.
Therefore, this Christmas, I wish you all happiness and peace. I wish your family blessings untold and good health and cheer. However, I also beseech you to stand firm in the face of evil. Take up the sword of righteousness and deny evil a place in our society and our nation. Stand up for what is right and be not afraid to point to evil and call it what it is without regard to petty indignation from non-believers with no moral compass to guide them. Those with no guidance from God have nothing to offer me in the path of life. Theirs is a helpless rant intended to bring me down rather than lift themselves up. I reject their pleas of tolerance and compassion cloaked in an evil blanket of collective or totalitarian cloth. I offer them the peace and love of the baby Jesus; or the wrath of a faithful Man determined to protect the innocent from their soulless destruction.
Have a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous and righteous New Year. God Bless the United States of America, and all the peace-loving peoples of the World.
by: Keith D. Rodebush