Social Conservative Review: An Insider's Guide to Pro-Family News December 17, 2015

Social Conservative Review: An Insider's Guide to Pro-Family News December 17, 2015

The War on Christmas

There ‎is a war on Christmas, one of much greater magnitude than generally is reported.

It's not a war against saying "Merry Christmas" or public nativity scenes or religious billboards. It's an eternal war, one in which Satan seeks to dethrone the God of the universe and thwart His plan for those made in His image and likeness.

Of course, the Enemy’s efforts are futile.  He can no more stop God than an amoeba can hoist Mt. Everest.  But that doesn’t mean the devil will cease his vicious if ultimately useless efforts.

And that’s what the war on Christmas really is. Christmas is about God's direct intervention into human history. As J.I. Packer wrote in his classic book, Knowing God:

The really staggering Christian claim is that Jesus of Nazareth was God made man– that the second person of the Godhead became the ‘second man’ (1 Cor. 15:47) … that He took humanity without loss of deity, so that Jesus of Nazareth was as truly and fully divine as He was human … the Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, unable to do more than lie and stare and wriggle and make noises, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child. And there was no illusion or deception in this: the babyhood of the Son of God was a reality.

But why?  Simply so we could be charmed by stories of cattle lowing and angels singing sweetly? No. The beauty of the nativity is indisputable and moving beyond words. Yet it is a shadowed beauty, shaded by a Roman cross. 

An instrument of torture and death became the means by which God's Son atoned for our sins. An empty tomb proves it. And in dying for our sins, Christ won an eternal victory no fallen angel or fallen man can ever overturn.

The war against God, sin, and death – the demonic war against Christ’s incarnation, sinless life, redemptive death, and glorious resurrection - was won when a baby was born in Bethlehem. Christians live in the triumph of that victory every day. There is no better reason to be merry, at Christmas time or any other.

Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice-President
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