After returning from Christmas Dinner with the family after an almost two-year hiatus due to the unknown virus from unspecified origin…I’d like to share the following clips which were shared with me tonight, in the hope that it will bring a smile you, as it did to me this evening.
I agree wholeheartedly with the iPOTUS above.
I hope that everyone has a Merry Christmas and please don’t forget the reason for the season.
The LORD laid bare his arm, in plain view of the nations, to ensure our salvation.
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of a herald, who announces peace and preaches good news.
He announces salvation and says to Zion, “Your God is king!”
The voice of your watchmen – they lift up their voices.
Together they shout for joy, because with both eyes they will see it when the LORD returns to Zion.
Break out, shout for joy together, you ruins of Jerusalem, because the LORD is comforting his people.
He is redeeming Jerusalem.
The LORD lays bare his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation from our God.
Isaiah 52:7-10 (EHV)
(In advance, I’ll credit my good friend Aaron Frey, who originally preached this sermon on Christmas Day 2006, as the source of much of what is written following the break, and as the inspiration for the rest of it.)
Governor Rick Snyder once again uses the generic happy holidays to wish our citizens ...well .. nothing.
Its not illegal for Michigan’s governor to wish folks a “Merry Christmas.”
The ACLU has probably fought that battle before and lost. And In Texas, the governor signed a bill in 2013 clearing the decks for public institutions in that state to freely express the real reason for the season. From the Houston Press:
Governor Rick Perry signed what has become known as the “Merry Christmas bill” last week. In addition to permitting holiday greetings, the legislation also says that schools are allowed to display scenes or symbols associated with winter holidays on school property, such as a Christmas tree or a menorah, as long as there is at least one other religious or secular symbol present as well.
Now THAT is a real governor.
The freedom FROM religion nuts would like to equate expressions of faith by government officials which are allowed under the 1st amendment, to mandating a state religion which is not allowed under the 1st amendment. And even while absurd legal battles still rage on about nativity scenes on public property, opinions or sentiment from respected offices or positions are clearly allowed.