"When your back is against the wall, redefine your terms."


I saw the other day that they are going to be releasing a new film about President Nixon. I was a college student when his regime came tumbling down. I remember reading a quote attributed to him:

"When your back is against the wall, redefine your terms."

Whatever else this past election season has left us with, it has certainly left with us a sense that things do not mean what they used to mean. Case in point, "Christmas." When I was a little boy (back when dinosaurs roamed the earth), "Christmas" was an agreed upon term describing the birth of the Savior of all mankind, Jesus Christ.

These days, anything goes when it comes to defining Christmas . . . Nativity scenes with a gay flavor; two Josephs or two Marys. (Iím not making this up.) Political correctness has spun out of control, yet there is one benchmark upon which all politicians agree: DONíT MENTION JESUS!

The President Elect, Barack Obama, has already found out that the constituents who got him elected want their voices heard. His choice for a minister to pray at his inauguration is Pastor Rick Warren. The abortion lobby and the gay rights groups are up in arms because Pastor Warren is deemed to be a hater and divisive, because he is against abortion and gay marriage.

Around here at least, we are not going to redefine Christmas. I am not celebrating diversity, sustainability or the Winter Solstice. The prophet was not ambiguous when he boldly declared, "He shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Almighty God the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace."

No need to redefine that.

Pastor Jim
December 21, 2008




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21 Dec.