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Why Christians must be Involved
"Christians have not been losing in the public square because we do not have the arguments to respond to the New Moral Revolution of the Cultural Left," Jonathon Van Maren the communications director for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform wrote, "We have been losing because we have not been making those arguments, or have not been making them articulately enough."

Van Maren is right.  Christians need to be in public sharing their beliefs in a way that will win.  And not only that, the phrase, "You can't legislate morality," couldn't be more wrong.  Our nation's laws are built on right and wrong-- God given laws from the beginning of Creation.

Van Maren shared an example of how he responded to the false "morality" narrative when he visited a university campus.  After the conversation turns to social issues a student will say that morality doesn't matter: 


Student: "Well, there is no morality."

Van Maren: "Okay. Do you think rape is wrong?"

Student: "Of course rape is wrong!"

Van Maren: "Why?"

Student (nervously): "Because...you can't just force yourself on someone."

Van Maren: "Says who? You're appealing to a moral law, which necessitates a lawgiver. Who says that is wrong?"

Student (relieved to have found an answer): "The government! It's illegal!"

Van Maren: "While I'm glad you've found your source of morality, wouldn't you agree that laws have been wrong before? What about slavery? Segregation?"


This short conversation illustrates that morality is a matter of lawThe right verses wrong conversation should not be one Christians shy away from. As Scripture says in I Peter 3:15, "Always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you."  

Atheist Group forgot Santa Claus was a Christian
As the holiday season and Christmas approaches, the ever-popular Santa Claus story is pulled out once again and used in our commercialized society excessively...to the point, we are encouraged to believe Christmas is more about a robust Saint Nick than the birth of the Savior of the world.

Feeding into this Santa Claus commercialization and in an effort "aimed at in-the-closet atheists who are pressured to observe religious traditions," an atheist group has placed bill boards throughout Bible Belt states, including Arkansas and Missouri, featuring a child writing a letter to Santa.  The child writes, "I'm too old for church."

It's enough to say that the atheists are seeking to take Christ's message out of the Christmas holiday, but it's also interesting that the atheists chose to use Santa Claus to do it and show bill board readers that they might be unfamiliar with the legends surrounding the man that we call today, Santa Claus.

The Christmas tradition of Santa Claus, or Saint Nicholas, or Sinter Klaas evolved from the tale of a kindly Christian Bishop from Turkey.  According to legend, the Bishop was in fact a Christian missionary who spent his wealth visiting the poor and sick.  According to one story, the Bishop even paid the dowry for impoverished young girls who might have been sold into slavery without his assistance.

In Protestant Holland, the Dutch celebrated Sinter Klaas' benevolence with a feast day (separate from Christmas) that would have been celebrated last Saturday on December 6th.  And as far back as the 18th century in America, Dutch New Yorkers gathered their families for a celebration in December on the anniversary of the death of Sinter Klaas.

While Santa Claus is commercialized today and lacks the Christian message his name once carried, the original Sinter Klaas was a kind and giving soul, who gave in the true spirit of Christmas all year around.  And the true legend of Santa Claus is generally accepted as having a Christian origin.

Though the atheists may not agree, we're never too old for church or the true meaning of Christmas which is centered around the manger.  Even a group of atheists, unwittingly using a legendary Christian Bishop to validate and commercialize their message, can't take Christ-- the Savior of the world-- out of Christmas!
No Counsel for D.C. Kids!
In Washington, D.C., destructive behavior isn't just encouraged -- efforts to stop it are punished! If kids are looking for a way out of their same-sex attractions, they'll have to start outside of the nation's capital. Under a measure just passed by the D.C. Council, counselors can lose their license just for offering the kind of therapy these children seek. Like California and New Jersey, the District is radically opposed to helping young people shake the unwanted sexual feelings they have for members of the same sex. 


It's all part of the new Conversion Therapy for Minors Prohibition Act, which makes it a crime for therapists and mental health practitioners to coach children out of the sexual confusion they're experiencing. Council member and author Mary Cheh insists that the District's move is "a crucial step in the long battle" against "the counterproductive anti-homosexual mindset." The fact that children are seeking this help doesn't seem to matter to D.C., which is intent on locking kids into a lifestyle with devastating health, emotional, and societal consequences. Instead, the District wants to make it an offense to help children come to grips with their natural biology -- opening a frightening chapter in the liberal recruiting of LGBTs.


Although the measure hasn't been signed into law by Mayor Vincent Gray, most people believe it's only a matter of time. Fortunately, the Mayor's word won't be the final one. Congress has official jurisdiction over the District of Columbia -- a power they should exercise when they return in January to give parents and children the freedom they want and deserve.
Inspiration from Scripture
The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.
Luke 2:10,11 (NAB) 
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