Pastor's Corner

16 Dec
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Mid-Week Challenge

The custom after most elections is for the incoming administration to make comments about getting back to work and working to reunite the parties, community or country. They speak of working to heal the wounds of the campaign and remind us that we are still one people with a common purpose.  That’s how it usually goes, but these are unusual times.  Over the past few years we have witnessed politicians of the same party calling each other harsh names and making accusations that would make most people blush if only half of it were true.  Now that the election is over we see these same people, who were so sure of the ethical and moral failings of others saying, “It’s just politics.  We say a lot of things during an election.” They walk back their accusations as they get nominated for prime leadership roles.  If they treat their own this way, what can those with differing views expect?  The same measure of forgiveness; it’s just politics, right?  

Recently, President Trump gave his Christmas message from the White House, reminding Americans of the reason for the season. In his message the president stated that Christmas is a time to love one another.  He said, "And Christians everywhere still strive to live by Jesus's timeless commandments to His disciples: love one another. Above all during this sacred season, our souls are full of thanks and praise for [the] Almighty God for sending us Christ, his Son, to redeem the world. Tonight we ask that God will continue to bless this nation and we pray that He will grant every American family a Christmas season full of joy, hope, and peace." President Trump also made Christmas Eve a federal holiday and gave employees a full day off.  Previous administrations had only given half days.  But you would not know it because the press has given both of these actions very little coverage.   

The story of Jesus is the most unifying message of all time, but it will probably be the last time you hear it from the White House for at least four years.  Attorney General Dana Nessel of Michigan told supporters that President Trump’s use of “Merry Christmas” devastated her son. When he heard the President he asked his mom, “Are we the only people who don’t celebrate Christmas?” She answered, “No, and we are just as American as everyone else.’ Glad @JoeBiden knows that.”  Although President Trump has recognized every other major world religion at this time, his personal celebration of Christmas is demonized.  

It’s sad how the elimination of Christianity has become the focus of most of the media.  A message of positivity, inclusion and hope is blocked because they know it is true. They have seen what happens when Christians are allowed to practice their faith and it scares those in charge because the message empowers people.  If power is returned to the people then why do they need government?  Those that oppose Christianity know this and they will stop at nothing to remove the practice, but they cannot destroy the results.  No matter who is in the White House, Jesus is still on the throne.  

Don’t let the misguided intentions of the world steal your joy this season.  Proudly proclaim the truth of Jesus this season so that others might know the Prince of Peace.   

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. John 3:19

Serving the Savior,

Bro. Jonathan

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