"When they had seen Him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.”
Each turn we take we are told by the secular society to keep quiet about Christmas or if we do speak about Christmas it must be the “secular Christmas” of Santa Claus and his flying reindeer. Sure, you can put up lights and dangle snow flakes from the trees, but put up a manger and you are the enemy of the State. There truly is a war, and I do not use that word lightly, against Christianity. Prayer has been removed from schools and soon all public arenas. The Ten Commandments have been removed from court buildings and the preaching the Word of God is coming under attack.
Although we see it as an attack on Christianity it really is rebellion against God. This rebellion is not new; it has been going on for centuries. Israel rebelled time and time again turning from God and adopting manmade idols to worship. Today the same thing is happening in our society; it is just the idols are no longer made of silver and gold but of agendas and self-importance. If we can make man into God then we no longer need God.
It does not have to continue this way — we can make a difference. It begins by no longer remaining silent but by speaking up and sharing the story of Christ. We are told in Scripture to share the Good News. We are to start with our families and friends and then to where we work and then into the community. We can no longer count on our children hearing about the true reason for the celebration of Christmas from their teachers. They have been told to remain silent as well, whether they are believers or not. We have a heavy obligation to share the Gospel and I see no better time than now. Begin at the beginning.
This Christmas gather the family together and read the story of Christmas from the Bible. (Luke 2:1-20) Talk about what you just read and ask if there areany questions. Then take the time to pray together. Ask God to fill your hearts with the true Spirit of Christmas. Make Christ the center of your Christmas celebration. Before you sit down to that delicious meal or open one single present give thanks to God for the gift of that little baby boy wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. He is, the Savior of the world. Faith and I wish you all a very blessed-Merry Christmas!