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Who is right in Whoville?
By Ron Otto,
pastor, Lincoln Christian Church
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[December 17, 2013]
ago, Dr. Seuss wrote a book called "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!"
Many of you know the story. The Grinch hated seeing and hearing all
the people of Whoville celebrating Christmas, so he tries to figure
out a way to stop Christmas from coming. He decides that if he
steals all the presents, decorations and special Christmas food,
then he will stop Christmas. He spends the whole night sneaking
around and stealing everything Christmassy from all the houses. When
Christmas morning comes, the Grinch is shocked that his plan didn't
work. Christmas still comes to Whoville. The people are still happy,
and they gather hand in hand to sing Christmas songs.
Our secular world steals Christmas better than the Grinch ever
dreamed. It doesn't take things away; it just replaces what is most
important about Christmas with packages and objects and junk. And
for years now, the real meaning of Christmas is slowly stolen from
Where did it go?
Simple! We replaced it with humanism. Instead of Jesus being
center, we replaced him. We are in many ways now an anti-Christian
society — anything with the name Christ in it must go away.
(Remember greeting cards that read "Merry Xmas"?) Can't call it a
Christmas tree ... no! It's a holiday tree.
For years, the atheists have been on the march, objecting to
God's name in pledges and on our money, objecting to crosses and of
course, Nativity scenes. One atheist group placed a sign of their
own next to a Nativity: "There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no
heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but
myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds."
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Well, you can listen to them if you want. Or, you can listen to
the One Christmas is all about. Jesus said, "The thief comes only to
steal and kill and destroy; I, on the other hand, have come that
they may have life, and have it to the full." — John 10:10
Atheist or Jesus! They can't both be right now, can they?
[By RON OTTO, pastor, Lincoln