Janet Porter is president of Faith2Action*: turning people of faith into people of action to WIN the cultural war TOGETHER for life, liberty and the family. Author of "The Criminalization of Christianity," she hosts a daily radio program from 2-3 p.m. Eastern and a daily radio commentary heard in 224 markets and at www.f2a.org.
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You can find a Santa at every mall. You can find discounts in every store. But if you mention the name of Jesus, as I found out recently, it upsets the whole world. Forgive me, but I thought that was the point of the whole day.
– Gov. Mike Huckabee, from the pulpit of Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, Texas
Jesus: the point of the whole day, the point of our whole existence. Yet the name of Jesus is the biggest point of contention around. They’ve attacked His name, His manger, His birthday and His cross.
From a Huckabee Christmas ad that was about as up front as you can get about the fact that we’re celebrating “the birth of Christ,” there has been more than a week of debate about a “possible” reference to the cross on which the Christ of Christmas died. “Oh how terrible that a white bookshelf might have actually looked like a cross!”
Take a step back from all of it, the “happy holidays” and the sanitization of Christmas. Step back from the attack on red and green lights, on trees and bells and shepherds. Forget about the needless presents, the endless parties and whether or not you got everything on your list. For one day, forget the fight over whether the ad’s bookshelf looked like a cross.
Forget about even defending our right to celebrate the most significant day in human history, which was surpassed only by the day when the baby in the manger grew up, took the punishment we all deserve and then rose from the dead.
As Luke 2:10-11 documents:
“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
Regardless of any attempts at censorship, the message doesn’t change: the good tidings of great joy are for all people – this day we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Christ the Lord. It’s not about parties; it’s not about presents; it’s not about us. It’s about the one who intersected human history to connect us to our Creator. It cost Him everything to be with you – the least we can do is make time to be alone with Him today on His birthday. This holy night, “fall on your knees” to worship and adore the Christ of Christmas.