Thursday, December 15, 2011

"Nativity Scene Insult to Human Nature"

While most people of the Christian faith are looking for retailers who actually utter the word "Christmas" out loud, or print it on their sales promotions, at the same time trying to avoid buying from those who don't, may not be aware of a greater tragedy that is playing out on our cultural stage.

It is an attack on Jesus Himself. And it's beyond bullying.

Here's the latest episode that happened on national television.

Dan Barker, a professed former evangelical, now head of the Freedom From Religion Foundation was invited to appear on FOX News to discuss why he and his organization want a certain nativity scene removed from a location in Wisconsin---a church and state discussion.

Barker began to make his case saying flatly, "America is a diverse country. It is not a Christian country."

Yes, our President has told us that several times.

Then Barker turned the conversation from the church and state topic he was invited to discuss, to an all out attack on Christianity and Jesus Christ Himself.

First Barker said, "The nativity scene basically is an insult to human nature, that we are all doomed and damned..."

FOX News guy, Eric Bolling, cut him off by injecting that he is a Christian and the nativity is not an insult to him, trying to steer the conversation back to the purpose of Barker's appearance on the show.

Barker would have none of it.

He continued: "By the way, why was Jesus born? To save us from our sin. What an insult to say we are degraded and depraved human beings."

At that point Bolling cut him off saying "I cannot allow that on my show...You sir, are denigrating the name of Jesus and I'm not going to let that happen."

Barker did not appear on the screen again. Gone.

But should not be forgotten.

As I read this news story, I remembered the ancient words of Proverbs 14, "Fools mock at sin."

And I remembered it is written, "Then when they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head and bowed a knee before Him and mocked saying, 'Hail King of the Jews'."

I also recall Romans 14:11 and its relationship to Isaiah 45:23: "As surely as I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow before me, every tongue will acknowledge [or confess] God."

I'm thinking I would rather bow, acknowledge and confess Him now, than at some later, yet to be determined time. Under very different circumstances.

O' Come Let Us Adore Him, Christ The King.

May the blessing and Truth of Christmas rest in your heart.

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15 comments:

  1. We ARE in a war in this country over Christianity. We currently have an individual who should be a role model, Denver Bronco's Quarterback Tim Tebow, being ridiculed nationally by the media and former sports figure for offering a prayer of thanksgiving after a touchdown. But, apparently its perfectly fine to do some stupid dance in the end zone while making an ass out of yourself. The enclosed link provides some useful information for people who are confronted by people such as the atheists from Michigan. There is NO RULING by the Supreme Court that prohibits a Nativity scene of government property... NONE! Please use this information and help us restorre Christ in Christmas!
    http://patriotalliancepac.com/2011/12/banning-christmas-in-america-the-easter-sequel/

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  2. This is shocking. Fox news actually cut off an interview because they didn't like what the guy was saying. I can't believe it.

    Thanks for bringing this our attention, Gary.

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  3. Gary - As a disciple of Jesus, the last thing I am looking for is someone uttering "Christ-Mass". What a DESPICABLE BLASPHEMY to the name of Jesus!!!

    Your inability to think beyond your own self-centered ideology is why you do not represent the Kingdom of God - simply the kindgom of Gary - and it is painfully obvious. It would be best if you simply stayed away from the name of Jesus because you dirty his name every time you use it. Patrick.

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  4. What a wonderful example of the Christianist double standard you have provided us, Gary. Fox news regularly runs entire programs which serve no purpose other than to denigrate and attack the Muslim religion, but if anyone utters even the slightest difference with right-wing Christianism they are yanked off the air.

    Also Barker did not denigrate the name of Jesus, at least not in the bit you quoted. All he did was question the concept that man has a degraded and depraved nature and needs saving. So much for the First Amendment on Fox. Freedom of religion? Only if you are a right-wing Christianist. Freedom of speech? Only if you don't express disagreement with right-wing Christianism.

    The only thing occurring here, which can remotely be construed as bullying is Bolling's over the top, off the charts response to a simple statement.

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  5. Faith and Freedom staff10:08 AM, December 15, 2011

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  6. While most people of the Christian faith are looking for retailers who actually utter the word "Christmas" out loud

    I don't believe most Christians are this narrow minded and inconsiderate of others. Every time someone wishes me Merry Christmas, I wish them the same but I wonder why they presumed I'm a Christian. I wonder if they even care that I might not be (I'm not). It's actually pretty pompous to make that assumption about someone you don't know.

    If you know the other person celebrates Christmas, then by all means, wish them a Merry Christmas - even if you don't celebrate it yourself. But if you don't know what they celebrate, Happy Holidays is a nice wish that's respectful of all beliefs.

    As usual, you're more concerned about forcing Christianity on everyone than you are about being respectful of others.

    Mark in Tigard

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  7. "While most people of the Christian faith are looking for retailers who actually utter the word "Christmas" out loud, or print it on their sales promotions, at the same time trying to avoid buying from those who don't, may not be aware of a greater tragedy that is playing out on our cultural stage."

    What a strange and somewhat dishonest way to characterize what amounts to an effort by right-wing Christianists to create a black list of companies based on whether or not they use Christianist approved verbiage in their advertising etc. Amazing how Gary manages to misrepresent a very aggressive action designed to force others into certain narrow behaviours as an attempt to a persecuted minority to find some comfort and solace.

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  8. These attacks are amazing. Lets see now, how many atheists are boycotting retailers, etc. How many gay activists are leading boycotts. Gary is right. I am one of those customers who prefer to do business with a store that says Christmas. How bigoted I am. Where is Gary's black list. It would be helpful.

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  9. "These attacks are amazing. Lets see now, how many atheists are boycotting retailers, etc. How many gay activists are leading boycotts."

    Whatever the numbers, we know that they are dwarfed by the Christianist boycotts against various companies.

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  10. Thank God for Eric Bolling. If more Christians would stand up for the truth about Christ and their faith, then we wouldn't even be having this discussion! Christmas is Christmas is Christmas!! It always has been and always will be.

    If these people really don't believe in God and Christ, then what are they so worried about??? Obviously they must think that they're living in error or they wouldn't be so concerned about the tenets and message of Christianity!! Hmmm, I wonder if the take the federal holiday of Christmas off from work; do they make their kids go to school over Christmas break?? Sheesh!

    They should just move on and live their lives the way they choose (nobody is telling them they have to believe...that's what tolerance is), but "as for me and my house we will serve the Lord".

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  11. Christmas is Christmas is Christmas!! It always has been and always will be.

    Except when it was solstice before the christians stole it from the pagans.

    You are obviously free to boycott whoever for whatever. Just acknowledge that you really don't care what holiday anyone else personally celebrates, you're going to wish them a happy instance of your holiday, not their own. And you don't want to admit that there are other holidays that will be celebrated. It's purely egocentric.

    Mark in Tigard

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  12. Anon 12:04
    You obviously have not studied "Christ-Mass" - the Mass of Christ - this is nothing more than vaticanist blasphemy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. How sad that you are more focused on human traditions than the Word of God - only the Word of God can save you. I am happy to share it with you if you wish to know Him.

    Best,
    Patrick.

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  13. I'm glad we can all disagree without coming to blows=).

    I wish everyone a Merry Christmas, believer or not. If they wish me Happy Hanukkah, Happy Soltice, Happy Kwanza or Happy Flying Spaghetti monster, I'm not offended. They have that right and I respect that.

    Patrick, lighten up bro, while I agree there are serious doctrinal problems with Catholicism. I see no harm in setting one day aside to honor the Word that became flesh. We Christians should celebrate His birth every day.

    Scripture says " that one man esteems one day above another and one man esteems every day the same. Let each be fully convinced in their own mind".

    A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to ALL!!!!

    Craig in Lacey

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  14. I really wonder how Jesus would feel about people boycotting merchants because they acknowledged all holidays, not just his birthday.

    I just don't think he'd be that petty.

    Mark in Tigard

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  15. "Every time someone wishes me Merry Christmas, I wish them the same but I wonder why they presumed I'm a Christian. I wonder if they even care that I might not be (I'm not). "

    Gee Mark your concern for being offended is underwhelming .

    If some one wishes me a Happy holidays , i figure they mean me well , if they wish me Merry Christmas I assume the same .

    You seem to be telling us more about you thyen others here .

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