Posts Tagged ‘Media’

The Persecution of Christians Worsens

07/21/2014

I am amazed at how Christians tolerate abuse and mockery and in some cases welcome it. They laugh at the priest-as-pedophile jokes. They openly disagree with Church teachings and act indignant that there are objective truths by which they will be judged. They probably don’t know that our brethren around the world suffer persecution, especially in the Middle East.

The media report extensively about the battles between Jews and Muslims. The fact that some Muslims are killing and persecuting Christians goes unnoticed. So one could almost understand why American Christians could carelessly ignore the plight of our brothers. It is less understandable how we could be so uninterested in losing our own rights to freedom of conscience. Except the majority of Christians don’t have well-informed consciences anymore and don’t understand the cost of their sin.

But our problems here, while worsening, and needing of attention, are not the most pressing ones right now. What is happening overseas needs our attention and action.

According to the patriarch of Babylon in Iraq, part of which has been taken over by ISIS, a radical Muslim group that is trying to re-establish the caliphate:

The control exercised by the Islamist Jihadists upon the city of Mosul, and their proclamation of it as an Islamic State, after several days of calm and expectant watching of events, has now come to reflect negatively upon the Christian population of the city and its environs.

The initial sign was in the kidnapping of the two nuns and 3 orphans who were released after 17 days. At the time, we experienced it as a flash of hope and as a clearing of the sky after the appearance of storm clouds.

Suddenly we have been surprised by the more recent outcomes which are the proclamation of an Islamic state and the announcement calling all Christians and clearly asking them to convert to Islam or to pay the jizyah (the tax all non- Muslims must pay while living in the land of Islam) – without specifying the exact amount. The only alternative is to abandon the city and their houses with only the clothes they are wearing, taking nothing else. Moreover, by Islamic law, upon their departure, their houses are no longer their properties but are instantly confiscated as property of the Islamic state.

Can you imagine being forced to convert under threat of force? Or being compelled to pay a special tax? While we are not being threatened with death or other extreme measures in this country, we should be praying for our neighbors suffering throughout the world. And we should be more vigilant here.

The fact that there are segments of the population–including those in high political office–that want to ostracize American Christians, particularly Catholics, by making us violate our consciences by doing things like pay for others’ contraceptives and abortifacients should be disturbing. The fact that those who oppose calling homosexual unions marriage are targeted and called bigots is intimidation. This includes photographers and bakers who refuse to violate their consciences by participating in alleged same-sex marriages and who are fined as a result.

While we are not Iraq, we are on our way to losing our rights if we don’t protect them. Just like we need to advocate for our brothers in Christ abroad, we need to protect our Constitutional rights here before we lose them. When you think about it, what liberals are doing in this country is a gentler form of Christian persecution that Iraqis and others are enduring right now. In order to help them, we need to help ourselves. Depriving people of their livelihoods and subjecting them to ridicule for not violating their consciences is a stepping stone to the kind of persecution Christians once endured.

Despite the vast majority of Americans identifying as Christian, the reality is we are post-Christian. Like liberal Republicans (RINOs), the majority of Christians are Christian in Name Only (CINOs). That explains why we have lost society and why we who actually believe will lose the ability to live our Christianity publicly if we do not have a Christian revival characterized by a renewal of the faith and mass repentance.

The Pope, the President and the Photos: Don’t Be Fooled by the Smiles!

03/30/2014

The media made a big deal about the inaugural meeting between His Holiness Pope Francis and President Barack Obama. It was a meeting between the most popular leader on earth with the former most popular leader. The upside for Obama is that having a photo of him with the Holy Father may lead non-practicing Catholics to conclude that the pope supports the president’s agenda. The downside for practicing Catholics is that the media and many of the American people will act as though the pope is on Team Obama. After all, if the Church really opposes Obama’s promotion of abortion and gay marriage and his administration’s attacks on religious liberty, why would the pope meet with him or be seen smiling with him?

I would not meet with the president but I am not the pope. He believes in outreach and he is a world leader meeting with another leader. The pope was not endorsing Obama’s plan for this country. In fact, according to the Vatican, the pope and the president discussed issues of concern to the American Church including religious liberty. Recall that the Supreme Court just heard the case of religiously motivated corporations which demand that their First Amendment rights not be abridged by the contraception mandate buried within Obamacare.

The pope’s version of events differs from the administration’s. It seems that the pope used the meeting as an opportunity to defend life and religious freedom. The pope gave his latest encyclical, The Joy of the Gospel, to the president to read. Having read the encyclical, I know if Obama bothers to peruse it that he will find it educational and informative. It is the pope’s vision for the Church and the world based on the teachings of Jesus, Whom Obama claims to worship along with millions of other Americans.

Interestingly, I saw numerous statements in the encyclical that were previously attributed to the pope which in context did not have the same impact as when they were taken out of context. The pope is trying to get the world back to the values of Christendom. It involves a balancing of individual rights and community obligations. In America we have taken to extremes with liberals swinging toward socialism and communism, which the Catholic Church has always condemned, and the libertarian-conservatives becoming intensely individualistic at the expense of their fellow neighbor.

This is yet another reason why the federal government should not be getting involved in that which is beyond the powers granted to it in the U.S. Constitution. It is conservative Catholics who have it right. We believe in individual rights but they are balanced by our obligations to our fellow man. I think the pope understands that as have all popes. We have the right to support ourselves and our family but we have duties toward the less fortunate. But our acts must be voluntary since we have free will and should be motivated by our faith, not by government compulsion.

When government gets involved, it gets it wrong since our current state of polarized politics trumps our historical values as a nation. The ascendancy of some groups should not lead to the violation of the rights of less popular Americans under the First Amendment. This is why the right of a Catholic business not to provide a wedding cake to a homosexual couple should be respected. And why people of faith who know that some forms of birth control can be abortifacients should not have to violate their consciences because some women want to spend money on their lattes and iPhones instead of on their monthly pills.

I hope that the president is humble enough to learn from the pope and that he reads the encyclical. I also hope the American people are not fooled by the photo-op into thinking the pope has given the president his blessing on his war on Christianity. I am sure Francis prays for Obama since he is concerned that the most free nation on earth is losing its way. No smile can change that but prayer and repentance can.

Sick Society: Our Lost Youth

03/20/2014

I know every generation picks on the youth but things have really changed and not all of it is the rising generation’s fault. I don’t think we’ve had a worse set of folks coming of age since the Baby Boomers, who are some of the most selfish, immoral, and destructive Americans to have ever lived.

Young people generally are not considerate and do stupid things because they think they are invincible. They act before they think. The problem is we now have adults who continue this trend which is becoming dominant. Inspired by the young people who are drowning in narcissism due to social media, mainstream society is increasingly embracing their values. Indeed, the rise of extreme libertarianism is giving way to notions and policies that were unthinkable just one generation ago, maybe even only ten years ago. I am specifically talking about the legalization of marijuana and gay marriage.

To the extent that things are truly different now–we all used to say it but it simply was not true–one only needs to look at the computerization of our kids. We who are on the young side of middle age were not raised on the internet and all the blessings and curses it has created. It was supposed to connect us and it has isolated us. We all know the cliché of two people being out, possibly on a date, and instead of talking to each other, they stare into their phones. Our phones have become the center of our lives–our music, TV, conversation, socialization through Facebook and other social media sites, and access to the internet and everything that is available which consists of the good, the bad, and the ugly.

This alone makes the lives of the current generation radically different from the rest of us. They also are facing a country that is not what their parents or grandparents inherited. Somewhere along the line we stopped encouraging the young to be all they can and to achieve. We became a reality show culture where 15 minutes of fame has become more prized than finding the cure to cancer. Nancy Pelosi encourages the young to stay on their parents’ healthcare until age 26 and to follow their dreams to be artists, poets and the like.

How many poets do we need? How many contestants must we have on The Bachelor? Do the kids of today want to smoke pot so they can forget about the fact that we are quickly destroying their future? In a way I don’t blame them but eventually our society’s problems will be theirs to manage and we already saw what the stoned Baby Boomers did to our country.

Whether young people are to blame or not, they are doing things that are horrifying. There is the Duke University student who calls herself Belle Knox and pays for her tuition by making pornography, stripping and…releasing a line of sex toys (according to the New York Post, 3/19/14). We know women who have taken off their clothes instead of doing the hard work of taking a non-glamorous job to pay for school. After taking countless selfies and using a webcam since before they reach puberty, is it any wonder that young women like this would think it is “empowering”? She hides behind feminism in saying she likes “painful” sex and that it is arousing. She is 18. (New York Post)

Before she went to leftist Duke, where were her parents when she was learning to love painful sex that led to exhibitionism which may make her rich but which will destroy the little dignity she has left?

There are many more stories of our lost youth, including the sex-obsessed Miley Cyrus. She is famous but there are numerous young people who are lost even if they are not public perverts. It is a shame and we owe them so much more. We have abdicated our responsibility as a culture to our youth and they are suffering now whether they realize it or not. Mostly, they think they are liberated and cool and so much smarter. Looking something up on the internet is not the same as actually knowing something. Using a calculator or spellcheck doesn’t replace the need for a solid, moral education which teaches critical thinking skills.

Instead of this, we get kids learning about their classmates’ two daddies, or a whitewashed history of this country that de-emphasizes American achievement but focuses on other societies’ contributions to America whether real or imagined, or how to feel good about themselves even if they don’t try their best.

I feel for those with young children who don’t have much to look forward to unless we guide our youth as we used to do. The youth are the future–how they are telegraphs where the country is going. All the technology in the world won’t save this nation. A return to a sense of decency and old-fashioned values just might.

Ash Wednesday & CPAC: Religion Trumps Politics

03/05/2014

After going the last two years, I decided to go to CPAC again. It starts tomorrow and I bought my ticket before I realized that my travel day is Ash Wednesday, a day where people identify as Christians, usually Catholic, by going to church and having ashes–representing our mortality–placed on our foreheads as a call to repentance.

It is the beginning of the holy season of Lent, where we are called to pray, fast and sacrifice in preparation for our celebration of the holiest and most important day of the year, Easter Sunday.

This is what life is all about or should be all about for anyone who claims to be Christian. We follow Christ and so we don’t follow the crowd. Unless that crowd is repenting on its way from Mass. Unlikely these days.

God created us for a reason and He wants us to follow Him. He does not follow trends, or the crowd, or what is popular or easy. No one said being a Christian is easy. Back in the day when the majority identified as Christian it was easier than it is now. Overt acts of Christianity are met with hostility–think Matthew McConaughey’s acceptance speech at the Oscars thanking God–in certain quarters. That makes a day like today all the more special because–unlike a Hollywood actress declaring she is a lesbian–it takes real courage to walk among family, friends, acquaintances, colleagues and enemies with ashes on one’s forehead, acknowledging one’s sinfulness.

What used to be a call to repentance is now taking a stand and a call to action that we need to witness our faith. Publicly and privately. That does not mean we are imposing our faith the way liberals impose regulations. No, we live as Christ calls us to live. And not just in actions, but in speech.

This brings me to CPAC. Two years ago I came to see the candidates when I thought we had a chance to defeat President Obama. Last year I came for words of encouragement as I was still recovering from the election. Now I come, somewhat reluctantly, to hear words that won’t for the most part be followed up by actions. And in fact I fear the words may not be ones that I want to hear.

It seems to me that many of our so-called conservative, mostly Christian leaders are more beholden to their perceived (special) interests than they are to God or even their constituents or the Constitution. I enjoy a good speech as much as the next conservative, but it rings hollow after awhile as we see our side losing and not even trying.

Politics is just a means to an end, but the end is what matters, which is living our faith and doing God’s will. Politics and power are the not goals but tell that to the speakers. They say the right things but their motives seem to be keeping their contributors happy–whether it’s the businessmen who want an ill-conceived immigration plan passed over reasonable objections or the countless members of the gay lobby who want our leaders to drop their moral opposition to gay marriage.

Calling what homosexuals do marriage is the civil rights issue of our time but not in the way the libertarian-leaning conservatives think. It is an issue where religious freedom should reign supreme. People of faith have the right to live their lives in accord with their consciences. That is in the First Amendment. There is no right in the Constitution to sodomy and no right to call two men cohabitating marriage. Unless it is next to the non-existent right to abortion that liberals love so much.

Despite this nation being founded on Christian principles, our right to exercise our religion is being eroded and pushed indoors as we are told not to proclaim our faith and keep it personal. While homosexuals can demand we respect and even celebrate their sodomy, we must never impose our beliefs. The usual double standard.

I hope CPAC does not disappoint and that the leaders and groups realize that politics must serve faith, not the other way around. Whatever we accomplish in the political arena must be for the glory of God, not for the advancement of an ideology. When we take God out of our lives, we are left with the kind of ruin we see this country in today.

Don’t Support the Boy or Girl Scouts!

02/13/2014

I would like to support groups that help children grow, develop and become good American citizens. The Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts are not these groups. Not anymore.

The Boy Scouts now allow so-called gay kids–like anyone should be thinking about sexuality as a child!–to become Scouts. In fact, a self-identified homosexual received the highest honor that the formerly beloved organization bestows; he was made an Eagle Scout. Yet there are still complaints about the Scouts’ schizophrenic policy which continues to disallow openly gay men from serving as scoutmasters.

Instead of worrying about the fairness of not permitting adult homosexuals to lead boys in learning how to be strong men, we should wonder how the most American of organizations could capitulate to the ever-raging, never-satisfied gay agenda. I have been writing about this for years and my most read entry from a few years ago was called “Are Gays Taking Over America?”. At the time, I think people could not see what I was getting at but now it is so patently obvious that no one can seriously deny that the gay takeover of America is almost complete.

Look at the various rulings by judges from Utah to Kentucky to Oklahoma–the heartland that does not want to promote sodomy–forcing so-called gay marriage on the unwilling. Coupled with the endless portrayals of heroic homosexuals on TV and in film, including characters who “realize” they are gay when they never lived that way before, such as on last night’s Super Fun Night, one cannot escape the gay lobby’s work. (And don’t forget the obsession with gay athletes!)

This is bad enough, but to sexualize children is inexcusable.

Organizations should try to protect children, not politicize them. The Scouts have turned their backs on teaching and protecting children who they originally tried to keep morally straight. The Scouts have abandoned their principles and parents should avoid them.

Likewise, the Girl Scouts, who make delicious cookies, are no longer the group we used to be able to support. Instead of promoting sodomy, they are heralding pro-abortion women as role models, even honoring Planned Parenthood. Many pro-lifers are boycotting this once-great organization by refusing to buy the cookies for which they are famous.

Trust me–I would love to buy the cookies, but as a person of principle, I cannot support in good conscience what these liberals are doing to the next generation of little girls.

Like the boys being forced to think about sodomy at a young age, our little girls are being taught to think that supporting abortion is a good thing. This is sexualizing our girls in a place where they should be allowed to be innocent, learn skills and develop their leadership ability.

To me the fact these organizations have abdicated their obligation to the children to become politically correct tells us all we need to know. Now that the elites have brainwashed the adults, they are trying to do the same to the children.

These folks are really determined to destroy traditional morality. Let’s not be part of this. Don’t enroll your kids in these organizations–find alternatives. And don’t buy their cookies or chocolates. It’s not worth it. And the kids will ultimately thank you!

Just Read People: The Culture Is Lost

02/05/2014

I went to the gym the other day and read the February 10 edition of People on the treadmill. By the time I was done, I was more convinced than ever that this country is finished. Not because of the flat-lining economy or even our unraveling political situation. It is because of the culture. It is rotten and rotting. Once the culture is done so are we. The worst part is we don’t even know it so how can we fix it?

So many examples:

*There was an article on the relationship between movie stars Sean Penn and Charlize Theron, good liberals both. Penn, who may be talented but is really ugly, in contrast with his former model girlfriend, is known as a liberal’s liberal. Yet, in the article the writer mentions as an indicator that this is a serious relationship that Penn “got rid of his gun collection for her.” Why are liberals such hypocrites? This is the kind of man who would take our guns but the rules don’t apply to him and his ilk. Considering the volatile relationship he had with Madonna, it is disturbing that he would have a gun collection. Yet, he would deny the same rights to more stable Americans. The article also mentioned that the actress waited before introducing her adopted son to him–kudos for her restraint!–and now Penn lives with them so her son can keep his routine. Crazy idea, Charlize, but why don’t you have Mr. Penn move in after you are married? That would indicate seriousness.

*In an article on the Grammys, it mentioned the same-sex and other weddings performed by the talk show host, Queen Latifah. She is quoted as saying, “Everybody should be able to fall in love with someone and be protected under law.” A classic celebrity statement that shows idiocy. It is not against the law for anyone to fall in love. Everyone is equally protected under the law. What traditionalists object to is re-writing over 2000 years of Christian history and trying to call sin virtue and sodomy marriage. Calling a lifestyle marriage does not make it so. Try explaining that to a dim-witted celebrity.

*There was also an article about how actress Tori Spelling’s husband is in rehab for allegedly cheating on her–and their four children. (Yes, there is rehab for not keeping one’s pants zipped up.) We are supposed to feel bad for Tori except she cheated on her prior husband with her current husband while he was still married to his prior wife. What did she expect? I don’t feel bad for her but I do feel bad for her innocent little children. Why should they suffer because daddy refuses to be faithful and mommy has poor judgment? So many children suffer–and are scarred for life–because of the poor life choices of their selfish parents. Hey, it is all about us, not them.

*Then there was the story about the missing child, Kyron Horman, who disappeared in 2010. His stepmother is still under suspicion in his disappearance. She allegedly tried to hire a hitman to kill her husband, the boy’s father, from whom she is now divorced. The boy’s parents had divorced with the father having custody and the mother living far away and thus not a daily part of this little 7 year old child’s life. So instead of having his parents to take care of him, his stepmother was in charge–and he is now gone. Why do parents put their own perceived self-interest ahead of their children’s? I don’t mean to sound judgmental but it seems that the child’s well-being was ignored and as a result he is quite possibly dead. Unless there is abuse or a seriously compelling reason, married couples should stay together for the sake of the children. I don’t know why his parents divorced but I have always thought this child would be alive and well if his parents had stayed together. We may never know.

The point of these examples is that our culture promotes the wrong values and genuine suffering is the result with a real weakening of the culture. Sex at any cost, liberal hypocrisy, calling wrong right, and neglecting our children–how can a culture survive? Look around, my fellow Americans, it is hanging on by a thread. Who knew People could be so educational?

Sick Society: The Sewer That is Television Worsens

01/18/2014

Whether it was the inappropriate content of the Golden Globes or commercials showing what should be controversial (not to mention disgusting) homosexual conduct, TV and basic cable are getting more and more repulsive.

As for premium cable, I refuse to spend money on it so I don’t have it and won’t comment on it.

There is plenty of filth on free TV. Let’s take a look at recent programs.

I watched most of the Golden Globes on NBC last Sunday. Many of the hosts’ jokes were funny or at least not offensive. I recall one joke that was highly inappropriate because it dealt with masturbation and was told in the 8 pm hour which is supposed to be family time.

I don’t think masturbation jokes are ever appropriate but at 8 pm when young people are watching with their families, it is truly indecent. What is mom supposed to say to her teenaged children who are watching? The Hollywood audience didn’t bat an eyelash; they just laughed. And it was not funny, just dirty.

Why do female comedians feel the need to be dirty? If one is talented, one does not need to descend into the sewer. Lucille Ball was truly funny. She didn’t joke about masturbation. Can you even imagine that? Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are considered funny by modern standards, meaning they are tacky, PC and overly sexual in their routines.

Another inappropriate sexual scene from basic cable was on–of all places–ABC Family. With a name like that, one would think it is a family network, and I think it was in the beginning. Lately, it has had highly suggestive programming and much homosexual propaganda.

Just like ABC itself. I saw a story this week about how CBS dominates prime time (I find most of their shows are much more family friendly than ABC’s). One would think ABC would want ratings but it prefers its agenda. From Revenge to Nashville to Grey’s Anatomy, homosexual characters are featured prominently and positively. Gay sex is not taboo.

ABC Family took its propaganda machine to the next level with this week’s episode of The Fosters. I don’t watch the show but it is about an inter-racial lesbian couple (the height of PC!) who take in foster children. Not my cup of tea but this is considered drama these days.

I was watching another program when I saw this commercial for The Fosters showing the two women in bed together. I thought I was seeing things–I had never seen anything quite this aggressive and I didn’t think ABC Family would show this, let alone on a commercial.

So innocent young people could be watching a more wholesome show–if there is one–on ABC Family and get visually assaulted by seeing two women in bed, holding each other. Clearly sexual even if they are not actually having sex.

This is outrageous. And I was not hallucinating because I saw the commercial again. Maybe I don’t want to see programs with two women in bed. By showing this on a commercial, my choice is taken away. (And all that matters to Hollywood elites is choice, right?) It is bad enough that ABC Family is determined to normalize homosexual relations, but the fact they have no regard for those of us who don’t want to view such things is offensive.

If people want to see such things, they can watch the show. But I don’t watch such things but am exposed to them anyway. So much for change the channel–liberals love that line. But when it is a commercial, by the time one changes the channel, it is too late.

Hollywood and government may want to call wrong right but for those of us who cling to our traditional values, we will keep saying no. And we will do our best to avoid the sewer.

How We Are Giving Away Our Freedom

01/10/2014

I was just taking the PATH train in New Jersey and was shocked at all the ads plastered across the train for New Jersey online poker. The signs trumpeted the players becoming millionaires.

This is just sad. Very few will become millionaires but how many will lose their money–probably money they don’t have–and waste hours of time chasing a big jackpot?

Like the periodic mega-jackpots run by the state lotteries. It leads to dreams–unrealistic fantasies really–that go unfulfilled but empty one’s wallet. I buy the tickets myself but I can afford to do so.

And I also know I am unlikely to win. I foolishly hope but within reason.

Worse than these delusion-inducing activities is the greater distraction that is the new pot legalization movement. Young and old people are embracing the notion that marijuana is a positive, harmless drug that is arguably better for people than alcohol or cigarettes.

Putting aside the fact that this is not true, what is most troubling to me is, having recently re-read Brave New World, that people want to escape reality by altering their mental status. When one is high, one puts others at risk. Maybe even worse, one loses the ability to make sound decisions.

You wonder why the government is suddenly going lax on drugs? A doped-up populace is docile. Like soma, the drug that helped the people in the Brave New World to cope with their bland existence and lack of freedom, stoned people are compliant, complacent and controllable.

They won’t question how almost 92 million people–1 in 4 Americans–are out of work while the unemployment rate keeps falling. Yes, we are told the unemployment rate is now 6.7%–keep in mind that 6% is considered full employment–yet so many people are out of work, unable to find work, discouraged from seeking work and underemployed.

A drugged population only cares about Kim Kardashian’s latest outfit or who wins the big game.

And where do they see Miss Kim’s latest fashions? On their smartphones and other gadgets.

Perhaps the worst thing and one of the best on some level is the internet and the ability to communicate. While our devices have up to now brought us freedom, in the long run I believe they will enslave us.

How many times have you seen people not look where they are going–walking or in a car–because they are texting?

How many times have you seen two people out together but worlds apart, each on his own phone?

How often have you experienced being lost in some pointless article online while you should be working or paying attention to your family?

This may seem harmless now but the point with all these things is that they distract us from what is going on in the world and engaging in it. Knowing what our politicians are doing and opposing that which is a threat to our liberty should be our focus.

Isn’t it more important to know how our leaders are spending our money than to know the latest sports score?

Isn’t it crucial to be educated about our history so we can pass it on to our children and they can pass it on to theirs?

Wouldn’t it be better if we spent as much time studying math and civics as we do with our eyes glued to the screen?

We have become so self-absorbed–hooked on drugs, gambling, entertainment and don’t get me started on the dangers of porn!–that nothing outside ourselves interests us anymore. Our freedom is being eroded–think the HHS mandate, gay marriage being forced on unwilling states, the NSA spying on us while we use our devices–and we don’t care. There is no march on Washington. There is barely an angry letter to the editor.

Our freedom does not have to be taken from us forcibly. We are letting it go to engage in what we believe is more important–feeding our narcissism.

Christians Under Attack

12/29/2013

We are now in the Christmas season. Despite the world moving on, getting ready for a new year, declaring Christmas over on December 25, we Christians know that Advent prepared us for our current joyous Christmas season, a distinct period that extends into the coming year.

Despite our cause for joy because Jesus was born to set us free and to save us, we in the West have failed to protect our Christian heritage and in the non-Western world Christians are under physical attack because they do believe.

On Christmas day the latest blatant attack on our brethren took place in Iraq. Christians were killed while they were worshipping our God. This is a common but underreported occurrence. We Americans don’t know and don’t care about our fellow Christians. We are united to our fellow countrymen but we have lost the bond that cemented Christendom for centuries.

Our identity as American Christians has also been diluted. We are Christians but we don’t act like it, at least not publicly. Many of us go to church and even pray but we don’t proclaim our Christian faith to the world. We are embarrassed; we want to be normal like everyone else. And the person next door has been brainwashed into keeping his faith hidden. We live fully secular lives, only allowing our faith out of the closet on Sundays.

It has been a disaster for us personally and as a society. From the banning of prayer in the public schools in the 1960s to the atheist attempts to ban celebration of Christmas in the public square today, our society has shrugged off its public embrace of our Christian roots. The results? Can we honestly say our society is any better than it was half a century ago? In fact, we are markedly worse. Our culture is coarse, rude, vulgar and a frightful place to raise a child.

In term of the personal, one cannot turn on a TV or walk down the street in a place like New York without seeing images that undercut our moral values and which further undermines our ability to live out our Christian faith. From the administration to the media to Hollywood, the elite has made it clear that our beliefs regarding abortion, birth control and gay marriage are less important than alleged women’s and homosexuals’ rights.

We are being silenced. We have been silent so long in letting our faith take a backseat to being ordinary, mass-media-influenced Americans that we have allowed our faith, our very identity as Christians, to become marginalized. We now are losing our ability to practice our faith and silence is being forced on us. What we don’t protect, we lose. What was a poor choice is now becoming mandated.

When photographers and bakers are ordered to violate their consciences and provide services for same-sex weddings, we know our failure to proudly live our faith has now threatened our very rights under the First Amendment. The same is true with Christians being forced to provide artificial contraception and sterilization under Obamacare, which is being challenged in the courts. Our silence is destroying us. Threats of being called bigots have frightened us into complacency and denial of what our beliefs truly are.

Thankfully, men like Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame express their faith and are unafraid (even if his expression was a little rough around the edges). The liberal elites tried to silence him but he and other Christians spoke up. This may be a turning point if all Christians start acting like Christians advocating for our beliefs and for our brothers and sisters abroad. We may lose our culture but other Christians are at risk of losing their very lives. The time to speak is now. Let’s embrace our First Amendment rights of religion and speech before they are suppressed or even just further compromised.

The Real Meaning of Christmas

12/16/2013

I know this is shocking but Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. No one seems to know this anymore. Kind of like modern weddings. It is all about the party and the fun. People barely notice the point of the party.

Christmas is not actually about family or friends or being together or giving or receiving gifts. It is not about year-end celebrations with colleagues or parties with delicious foods and strong drinks. These are ancillary to the holy day, not the point of it.

According to our liberal media, commercialism is the enemy and yet commercialism is promoted at every turn–on TV shows, commercials, music, news, etc. The story we are told is that this is wrong–like when the media condemn and glorify violence at the same time–and the answer is being with family–gay or straight–in their loving embrace. No mention of Jesus.

The stories we see in the news range from holiday discounts to satisfy unnecessary wants–discounted 40 inch screen TVs and phones that do everything but breathe for us–to helping the poor in their material needs by providing them a turkey dinner on Christmas day.

The spiritual is neither addressed nor acknowledged. For the few who bother to go to church, tearing away from their family feasts and greedy kids grasping for even more gifts, they expect to hear a gospel of peace and love but no responsibility or obligations. People even in church focus on celebrating with family and friends with togetherness and grand music and joy. But does anyone think about Jesus for more than a moment amidst the holiday hustle and bustle, the wrapping paper, the egg nog and the candy canes?

What started out as a grand birthday party for the Savior of the world–and He does deserve the most fantastic party as the Son of God–has become a celebration of us and our wants, not even our needs. From the time we are children, who want toys and candy, to adults who want to feel like kids again by partying for a whole month and buying and receiving expensive gifts, we have turned Christmas into a secular celebration.

Every year many people object to the commercialization, but few object to the secularization. People have been groomed to object to putting themselves into debt for the sake of buying happiness as the cold winter approaches. Yet they do it anyway. They strive for the warm feeling of being surrounded by loved ones, coming together to celebrate…coming together?

The point the world has forgotten is that we are celebrating that God sent His only Son so that we may be saved. That is a reason to celebrate Him, not us. I wonder if the reason for so much holiday-related depression is that deep down in our hearts we are searching for God but instead of letting ourselves find Him, we let ourselves get absorbed by the whirlwind of the season, of the expectations of family, friends and society.

And recall despite being the Son of God, Jesus chose to be born in a stable in Bethlehem, not at a private unit of the best hospital or in the fanciest suite of the grandest hotel in the world. His own birthday party was not so grand because it is about Him, not about the party. We should celebrate Him and what He has done for us. Jesus and His gift of salvation is the true meaning of Christmas. Think about Him as you open your gifts and eat your pecan pie–good things but not the purpose of Christmas.


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