“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.” Luke 1:31 (NASB)
Why does it seem like the most taboo topic in the world these days is Jesus? We’re not supposed to say, “Merry Christmas.” We’re supposed to say, “Happy Holidays.” We’re not supposed to have public manger scenes for fear of offending “somebody.” Pope Francis prays to Allah in a symbol of, actually I don’t know what it was supposed to be a symbol of. The president says things like “American is no longer a Christian nation”, and “the “good book” says, “people in glass houses don’t throw stones.” I’m not sure what good book he’s talking about. If he’s talking about the Bible, it must be found in Hezekiah 6:10 right next to “thou shalt wear a coat and tie to church.” It’s okay to pray to God, or at least I guess it still is since that can presumably include Allah or whatever god people worship, but it’s not allowed to add, “In Jesus’ Name I pray” because then you’re being specific about what God you worship. How did America, a nation founded on Christian principles get to this point? I just don’t understand it.
People will try to tell you our founding fathers weren’t really Christians at all. Don’t believe it for a minute. Every document they wrote, every building they built, even the money they minted, acknowledged their Creator, their trust in God, their belief in His Sovereignty, and their respect for His Authority. Why do you think freedom of religion was the first amendment written? It wasn’t, as some would have us believe today, to grant freedom FROM religion. Quite the opposite. They came to America to gain the freedom TO worship.
In this Christmas season, we need to get back to that original fervor for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In Matthew 10:32-33, Jesus says, “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny Him before My Father who is in heaven.” I don’t ever want to be guilty of denying Jesus. Do you? This world is not my home. The faithless will not win in the end. As my former pastor, J. Michael Palmer, used to say, “I’ve read the end of the Book (and he really had) and guess what, folks? We win.” Jesus is coming again. I can’t wait for that day, because on that day His Name will no longer be taboo. At the Name of Jesus, every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of the Father. (Philippians 2:10-11, paraphrased).
Let’s not wait for that day. Oh, come let us adore Him. Oh, come let us adore Him. Oh, come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord. Today is the day of salvation. Today is the day of adoration. Let’s praise Jesus now.
Taboo Tuesday Question of the Day: What can we, as Christians, do to stand up for Jesus in this hostile environment today?
Taboo Tuesday Question of the Day: If Jesus came back today, what’s the first thing you’d like to say to Him?