Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Ignorant Secular Progressives/Media Mistake Trump For Jesus

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A number of significant things took place during this past week, while we were taking a few days off. I won't attempt to note them all. Rather we are looking forward to a terrific New Year.

However, I must note one thing that happened Christmas morning because it is particularly noteworthy.

An ignorant, uninformed and biased social and news media erupted claiming the message published Christmas morning by the Republican National Committee (RNC) was claiming Donald Trump is the "new king."

Good grief.

The message released Christmas morning by the RNC said that just as "the three wise men did on that night, this Christmas heralds a time to celebrate the good news of a new king."

Breitbart notes that "Seeing the reference to a 'new king', liberals across the America hit the panic button, missing the allusion to Jesus, believing that the greeting denoted President-elect Donald Trump."

The Hill documented that some were demanding an apology for the RNC's comparison of Trump to Jesus---calling him the "new king".

Another accused the RNC of blasphemy and of "crowning Donald Trump king of America."

Fortune Magazine also noted the ignorance of the far Left, quoting one reaction that said the RNC message "literally refers to Donald Trump as 'King' and compares him to Jesus Christ."

If these far Left secular progressives care so much about the sanctity of Christianity, why have they been silent while President Obama, his administration, and yes, Hillary---and certainly the press, have all waged unprecedented war on religious freedom---particularly Christians who want to live out their biblical faith in the public square?

Is it ignorance? Or are they so poised to attack the shift of power in America, they simply have no restraint?

I think it's a bit of both.

To a certain extent, I suppose, secular progressives---the young in particular---can be excused for their ignorance regarding Christianity, even though the Bible provided the founding principles for America.

For decades, public school educated kids have been shielded from religious Christmas carols and subjected to secular substitutes like Frosty The Snowman, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer and Jingle Bells---until more recent years when the argument has been made that even these substitutes "may lead kids to 'talk about Christmas' rather than solstice."

In fact, one high school banned the colors red and green this year because "those colors have a relational connotation to a Christian holiday." Another school attempted to ban the word "holiday" because "holi" means "holy" and that denotes a religious day. Last I heard they were meeting with traumatized atheists trying to come up with a substitute word for "holi."

God and Christianity has been mocked in our culture, particularly in recent years. Biblical Christians have been characterized as "clinging to our guns and Bibles" by our own president. The woman who wanted to be president boldly said last year that "some religious people will have to change their beliefs and religious codes" regarding abortion.

This is a spiritual matter, not a cultural or political matter.

And it has been explained in advance.

Matthew's words (4:16) come to mind: Quoting Isaiah (9:2) John wrote, "The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death, a light has dawned."

Most people of the world are aware that Jesus was physically born. Even Muslims acknowledge a historical Jesus.

John (1:5) would later explain what we see happening today: "And the light shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehended it not."

There are also those among us who do have some understanding, but in a spirit of rebellion toward God whom they may have once known, now make it their life work "to steal, to kill and to destroy" those things pertaining to Christianity.

Jesus defined it in broader terms: (John 10:10), "The thief comes not, but to steal, and kill and destroy; I have come that you may have life and that you may have it more abundantly."

Since the birth, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, those who accept Him as The Christ, have referred to Him as "King of kings and Lord of lords" and the more than 2 billion Christians in the world celebrate His coming.

Sean Spicer, who will become President Trump's press secretary, was quick to respond to the attack by the secularists.

He wrote on Twitter: "Christ is the King. He was born today so we could be saved..."

A couple of weeks ago, George Barna, one of America's most respected poll and research expert---and a deeply committed Christian---told the Pastor's Network: "We need strong back-boned visionary leadership from our spiritual leaders...Many people, myself included, would say it was a miraculous move of God that put Mr. Trump in the White House. He is not our savior, but may give us a chance to make things right in the culture."

Barna continued: "I'm also worried...that once again we're going to watch and wait and hope without taking the bull by the horns and saying okay let's move it forward."

There is, I believe, an unprecedented opportunity for the church---not the president or political leaders, to turn on the light, speak to the culture, change the culture, preach the gospel, get our country truly on the right track, honor God and His principles and values and experience the abundant life Jesus spoke of.

As Barna describes it, the call is simple. Take the bull by the horns and do the Lord's work.

That's exactly what we plan to do in this coming year. I trust you too, will grasp the "horns," stand strong and see God's abundant blessing.

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Faithful. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.