Christmas Day has come and gone. However, the attacks on that day, and on the beliefs of believers in Christ, will continue to occur. It has been said that most Christians are unable to communicate or defend the beliefs that they have in Jesus Christ as being their Lord and Savior. Consider the following thoughts and scriptures as you face the attacks that might come your way.
1 Peter 3:15 (NET Bible). But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess.
2 Corinthians 5:20 states, “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ..”
Webster’s Dictionary defines the word ambassador, as follows: “one sent around, messenger, helper, 1. the highest ranking representative
appointed by one country or government to represent it in another; helper, servant. 2. a special representative.” an ambassador-at-large is one accredited to no particular country; an ambassador extraordinary is one on a special diplomatic mission; an ambassador plentipotentiary is one having the power to make treaties. 3. an official messenger or agent with a special mission.
Philippians 3:20 states, “For our citizenship is in heaven,..”
As based on the above scriptures, and of a definition of Webster, I, as an Ambassador of Christ, and having my spiritual citizenship “not of this world,” hereby announce to this nonspiritual world that “Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of God, God with us, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” was born in Bethlehem in Judea as the Savior of the world.
In spite of the many attacks that been made on the words, “Christ,” and”Christmas,” much of the world pretty much comes to a halt on the day which is designated to proclaim the birth of Jesus, the Christ. We don’t have to agree that Jesus was born on any particular day, but that He was born to take away the sin of the world. We don’t have to buy gifts, trees, or anything else for a celebration of the birth of Christ. But, it seems to be hypocritical for us to spend our money at places of business that are either hostile, or indifferent, to the word “Christmas.” There are many such businesses that want us to buy gifts, and such, for Christmas but don’t want to recognize the reason that we are spending “so much money” at this time of year for their store wares. Many stores want us to spend our “Christmas money” at their location, yet will not allow their employees to simply say, “Merry Christmas” to the people who provide much needed year end profits for such “Anti-Christmas” establishments. Hanukkah was celebrated on Thanksgiving, yet the word that is used by Christmas-negating corporations and smaller businesses for gift-buying-commercials is not “Christmas” but, “the Holiday,” or “the Holidays.” People are not spending such large sums of money for any “holiday,” other than for Christmas. So, as for me and my family, “we will serve the Lord,” by not shopping at, or supporting, businesses that ignore the closely held beliefs of people who hold to the beliefs of Christmas and Jesus.
“If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve….; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)
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