Sunday, December 11, 2005reminder: we are not of this world!!!
During my short stay in the U.S. a couple of weeks ago, I spent a good part of my evenings watching FoxNews. For a Canadian born-again Christian, most of the commentaries on FoxNews are quite the encouragement. "Praise God!" I thought, "finally a news service that don't treat Christian conservatives values like an abomination and a scourge on the Earth!"
The chief topic which was front and center was the so-called "War on Christmas" that left-wing organizations like the ACLU are waging in the USA; these groups, through the courts, work at getting anything that looks like Christianity out of public schools, government buildings, historical sites... etc. And at this time of the year, Christmas is the #1 target; I mean, you have the word "Christ" there... YIKES!!! Anyway, it would seem that FoxNews has taken up the mission to defend "traditional Christmas" against the evil forces of the American left. And believe me, religious America has answered the Fox call, and have risen in force to defend "Merry Christmas" against the vile "Happy Holidays".
Now I'm a Christian Fundamentalist, the only Christmas I have time for is a Christ-centered one; I have no time for this "Happy Holidays" nonsense. That being said, I have to say that Fox's O'Reilly, Hume and Gibson, by the second evening in front of FoxNews really began to irk me. Why? Because FoxNews and religious America haven't teamed up together to bring a Christ-centered Christmas, they got together to defend a "traditional Christmas". A Christmas where church plays an unspecified role, where a Christmas tree is involved (*Rand looks all over his Bible for instructions on having a decorated tree at Christmas), where the colours "red" and "green" are plastered all over... etc.
You see, FoxNews, like most conservative association (whether it be Canada's Conservative party or Focus on the Family), do not strive for Truth. They strive for "tradition". Consider the debate over gay marriage: how do they contrast the two sides? Answer: gay marriage and the "traditional definition of marriage" (not the godly or biblical definition... no, no... that would be crazy talk!).
Well I have no time for this nonsense. The Lord does not instruct His church to get on board with Bill O'Reilly to fight for traditions, rather, He calls us to preach the Truth that is in Christ Jesus.
"Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." (Colossians 2:8)
"Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15)
A Christian can get seriously side tracked by focusing his/her efforts in these worldly conservative efforts. Oh sure, it may all be very well intentioned, but if it isn't of the Truth, than it is vain and a waste of time. The fact of the matter is, if the Gospel doesn't change people, nothing else will do. Whether guys like Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh or Jerry Falwell succeed or not at establishing a more traditional, conservative philosophy in America, in the end, if Christ is absent, the country will be no more righteous and upright than if the ACLU ran the show from beginning to end.
Christian, you want to make the world a better place through socio-political means? You are wasting your time. The curse of God is on this wicked world and it will only get worse and worse until the Lord Jesus Christ returns to set up His perfect kingdom on the Earth (clearly taught in 2 Timothy chapter 3 and 4). You want to make a difference? You want to do good? Well then...
"Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine." (2 Timothy 4:2)