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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas! (A politically incorrect Christmas sermon)

Christmas at the Coxs!
Merry Christmas! (A politically incorrect Christmas sermon)
I want to begin by saying, “Merry Christmas everybody!”  In some circles of our society, I was just politically incorrect!  I was offensive!  In some countries, I could be arrested!  The attack on Christmas is organized and nationwide.  The ACLU, the AARP, the People for the American Way (Hollywood), the United Way, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, the Church of Free Thought, and all left-wing radical politicians are the organizations behind the attack.  Jon Meacham said, “We should call these people radicals instead of liberals because there are still lots of liberals who believe in Jesus, Christmas, and American Traditions.” 
Amazingly, Jesus knew this campaign to slander His Name was coming, and He spoke about it.  In Mark 8:34 & 38, “When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me…For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”  I believe Jesus was talking about, among other things, this very attack on Christmas and all Jesus is asking of us that we refuse to be ashamed of Him!  You may not want to go around shouting, “Merry Christmas” just to make people mad; but you’ve got to take a stand for Jesus, Amen?  Jesus is the reason for the season, and as a Christian, you cannot be ashamed of that.
If you love Christmas, don’t assume it’s safe, stand up for it!  Jesus would call this not being ashamed!
If you love traditional Christian values, don’t assume they’re safe, stand up for them!  And most of all, if you love Jesus, don’t assume His memory is safe, His reputation, His gospel…you’ve got to stand up for Him!  We stand up for Jesus by praying and professing.  Praying is private.  Professing is public! We profess Jesus by: saying what we believe in public, and by voting what we believe at the polls.
All Jesus is asking of us that we not be ashamed of Him!  And that’s exactly what I am doing when I say, “God bless you!  God bless America!  And, in the name of Jesus, have a very, very, very, Merry Christmas!  Amen!”

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