Saturday, November 22, 2008

Redeem Christmas

Why believe in a god….just be good for goodness sake?

We’ve all heard that question “Why believe in (a) God?” at some point in our lives. The question and statement “Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness sake” will now be advertised on buses throughout the D.C. area this Christmas season. The signs have been bought and paid for by an atheist group. The ads are now appearing on buses and will run through Dec. The group claims they are not trying to change anyone’s mind about whether or not God does exist. They are just trying to tap into the market of atheists and agnostics who feel alone at Christmas. Here is a quote from a spokesman from the group:

Edwords said the purpose isn't to argue that God doesn't exist or change minds about a deity, although "we are trying to plant a seed of rational thought and critical thinking and questioning in people's minds."

The group defines humanism as "a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism, affirms our responsibility to lead ethical lives of value to self and humanity."

As we enter into the Christmas season remember why we celebrate Christmas. Share the Christmas story with your loved ones, your friends, your co-workers, and anyone else you may come in contact with. The name Jesus is a word most people don’t like to hear. As the song says, there's just something about that name. But the name God is okay. They don’t get as offended when using the name God. At Christmas time though you’ll find people a bit more receptive to the name of Jesus. Remember, where they will spend eternity is at great risk.

In these tumultuous times we see our own religious freedoms are being taken away more and more. In some ways very subtly and in some ways much more obvious. I want to encourage you to join with me and let’s REDEEM our Christmas.

Redeem means – to exchange, to trade in, to buy back. Are we as Christians ready and willing to exchange, to trade in, to buy back the real meaning of Christmas? Are we ready to get rid of all those things that distract us from the reason we celebrate Christmas?

As Christmas draws near remind yourself daily why we celebrate this special day. Go back in time and enter that dirty smelly stable and see the baby wrapped in swaddling cloth. Imagine what it must have been like to have no crib for a bed, to be born in a barn. But yet, Heaven came down to earth that night bringing hope, peace, joy, salvation. And now, the world wants to do away with all those things. And from where I’m sitting, it seems like they are succeeding.

Ladies, it is time for us as Christians to take our stand and say “no more” to the world’s view of Christmas. Let’s celebrate the birth our Lord with peace and joy in our hearts, with a hope that is unshakable. Don’t let the demons of December kill, steal, and destroy your reason for celebrating. We worship and celebrate the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!