“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil (John 3:16-19).
“When we go to Christ’s manger something happens… We are judged or redeemed.”
Like it or not, judgment is essential to the Christmas message. Christmas is a celebration of the Incarnation of the eternally begotten Son of God. Yes, God sent the Son… that the world might be saved! That begs the question, “Saved from what, from whom?” John the evangelist answers, “He who does not believe has been judged already.” Why? “…because men loved the darkness… for their deeds were evil” (John 3:18-19).
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Christ has called His church to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15). “Into all the world” includes culture. Culture is language, music, food, architecture, politics, morality, and religion. In fact, culture is the habitation of the gods. Music, architecture, and politics reflect the gods of any given culture.
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I have read Phil Robertson’s remarks. I have watched the subsequent responses from A&E and the gay community.
The truth is that crude language about sexuality is common. People tend to refer to themselves in an “earthy” way. Phil talks like my dad and granddad did. My reading of the prophets reveals that even they, under divine inspiration, spoke with crude words to emphasize the depths of Israel’s sin. Too often our proper English translations of the Scriptures rob the inspired words of their intended grit. That is the language which is being suppressed. How dare we speak of one’s sexuality as sinful! How dare Phil Robertson associate homosexuality with bestiality? How dare we define marriage as a civil covenant between one man and one woman?
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The propaganda war rages as December 25 grows near. How should we celebrate? What is the role of the civil religion? Should this seasonal holiday be secular, pagan, or Christian? No, I’m not writing about Christmas in the 21st century, but Christmas in the 4th century.
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