12/2/10

We Need Courage to Speak at Christmas

I love the story of the Wise men. They are part of our decorations (even though they didn't visit the Christ child until he was a toddler, and there's no reason to think there were three ~ except for the fact that three gifts are mentioned in Matt. 2:1-16). The Wise Men are part of historic Christianity, with their visit detailed in scripture.

The American Atheists (AA) paid $20,000 for a billboard sign designed (showing Wise Men) to spread a message of "reason" outside the New Jersey Lincoln Tunnel. "You KNOW it's a myth," the sign says, and the atheists urge us to "Celebrate Reason," rather than Jesus, the reason for the season.

It's the annual war on Christmas, but with greater impact.

In an appearance on Fox News, American Atheists' Dave Silverman said the billboard has two purposes: (1) to get atheists who are going through the motions to "come out of the closet"; and (2) "... to call Christians out on their own history."

The AA website ~ which I won't link to on purpose; why promote them? ~ says it's not a war on Christmas, but rather "a war on intolerance and ignorance."

Christian Examiner reports that, according to World Net Daily, the company that permitted the billboard (Lamar Advertising Company) tried to sell a nearby spot to Christian groups to counter the message, but no one stepped forward; however the Catholic League purchased a billboard on the New York side of the tunnel with an illustration of the Nativity that reads, "You Know It's Real: This Season Celebrate Jesus."

This is not the first anti-God sign promoted by atheists. In 2009, huge signs were plastered on the side of New York buses; and earlier this year, the United Coalition of Reason spent $100,000 on pro-atheist billboards nationwide.

Raven Clabough wrote, Nov. 29, in New American, "Perhaps what is most ironic is the American Atheists' assertion that the birth of Jesus Christ is a myth. Even among groups that do not accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah, such as Jews and Muslims, as well as among historians, Jesus Christ has been accepted as a living human being... As the existence of Jesus Christ is incontrovertible, atheists should at the very least view the celebration of His birth in the same vein as celebrating the birth of Martin Luther King or Abraham Lincoln."

Christians, we need to find our courage. Christmas isn't a simple little secular celebration. We may not agree on the date Jesus was born, but we know He was. And we know He came for a purpose, to fulfill the will of the Father in providing our salvation. We need to speak up. As the scriptures say, "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!" (Psalm 107:2a); "... proclaim his salvation day after day" (Psalm 96:2b).

The wise men came in search of the Christ Child, and wise people still seek Him. Don't be conned by the foolish claims of the atheists. Instead, rejoice in your Savior!

2 comments:

Jessica said...

I was...let's see...flabbergasted, to say the least, when I saw the sign on your blog. Although, I should probably be more desynsitized to this sort of thing, VeggieTales, Hermie and Wormie, Backyardigans, and other preschool shows must have warped my mind. Thankfully so. I am praying Christians can shine the light the other 11 months as well, so I understand the REASON FOR THE SEASON.
"For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings." Heb. 2:10

Dawn Wilson said...

I love that scripture, Jessica! Yes, let's shine!