By Neisha Potter
Clash Daily Guest Contributor
Did you hear about the craze in Bordentown, New Jersey and their preposterous decision to remove Christmas carols from their school Christmas play? Great, let’s watch our children sing Lady Gaga and Katy Perry at the school Christmas play this year because THAT would be appropriate! There comes a point where we have to stand our ground as a nation, moreover, as believers in Jesus Christ. Society will devise an array of excuses not to give Him praise.
So what Christmas is not the exact birth date of our Lord; the simple fact that Christmas is a national holiday which recognizes that Jesus was born is monumental. Removing the celebration of Christmas does not change the historical fact that he existed and was born to the Virgin Mary any more than disowning the celebration of Easter because it is not the exact day of his resurrection; my concern rest in the removal of acknowledgement, not the event.
Singing Christmas songs does not dictate your eternal state any more than celebrating Christmas, but let’s remove Christ from society even more by rescinding the national recognition of that fact that He came. We removed prayer and bibles from schools, so why not eradicate the celebration of his birth, forbid Christmas carols, ban Christmas lights in the streets and jump on the ban wagon of Happy Holidays because Merry Christmas is offensive. We are evolving into a nation where there is no place for Christ, and if the mention of his name is offensive, we will ban that too.
Take a good look at other countries where people are martyrs for their faith because the government has banned their freedom to worship the one true God! We are a weak nation, conforming to other religions and beliefs instead of standing up for our own. We should be steadfast in our faith; therefore, we will not be altering our faith to accommodate yours. It is not oppression folks; it is called remaining faithful and steadfast to the One who died to save, Jesus Christ.
Do you honestly believe Iraq would alter their beliefs in order to accommodate a Christian simply because being Muslim offends you? Of course not! They will stick you in a ten foot hole and set you on fire because they do not like the ring tone on your phone. The United States of American is multicultural and people should not be treated differently due to diversity, but we should not have to conform as Christians to accommodate nonbelievers and other faiths.
Society calls this equal rights, diversity, tolerance and freedom, but I think society is mindless cowards. What kind of risks do we face as a society without Jesus Christ as our foundation? Oh’ wait, did you just mention China?
Christians are losing their privilege every day; without caution we will be the persecuted church. “Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering” (Hebrews 13:3). It is our responsibility to stand against those who are trying to tyrannize our faith. Society is concerned with oppression, but what about the coercion over the Christian population? Over the last fifty years we have removed bibles, prayer and biblical teachings from education.
We are not allowed to speak of Christ in the workplace, Christian and Christmas music is forbidden in many places, we are persecuted for disagreeing with same-sex marriage, debates linger about removing One Nation under God from the Pledge of Allegiance (this is removed in some schools already), ongoing debates about removing In God We Trust from US Currency and placing your right-hand on the bible in a court of law is no longer required when placed under oath and now the removal of Christmas carols from our schools, so tell me again that we are not losing Christian rights and privilege.
Keep on living a dormant Christian life and the recognition of Christ will be so far removed from society that we will cease to have the right to worship him in the comfort of our own home. We should celebrate the birth, death and resurrection of our Lord daily, yet if an opportunity arises where we can recognize his existence on a national level, then we should fight for it – be a part of it and cease the devils attempts of having power over the people of this nation by removing the recognition and celebration of the Holy One. Christianity should remain ineradicable to our societal foundation.
Ephesians 6:12 (NIV), “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
Matthew 7:24-27 “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, and streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
Neisha Potter is a married mom of three. Potter graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a BAS in Christian Ministry and Psychology.
Image by Rod Anderson, from christianpost.com