There is something about Christmas that brings out the worst in Americans. Take for instance Centerville Elementary School in Lancaster County, Pa. The school’s fifth graders have been performing “A Christmas Carol” for decades. But this year the play was canceled because two parents complained about a line in the Charles Dickens holiday classic. They took offense at the words uttered by Tiny Tim, “God bless us, every one."
It took a court order to restore a six-foot-plus tall door decoration put up by a school nurse’s aide at Patterson Middle School in Killeen, Texas. The aide had put up a homemade decoration on her office door in the main hallway of the school building depicting the Peanuts character Linus saying, "For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord...That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown." Legal experts don’t expect that court order to hold though as Texas State law forbids encouraging adherence to a particular religion.
When we read accounts like these our first reaction is to get angry. We must not forget that Satan has blinded these people to the truth of the Gospel. We must look beyond their political correctness and present Christ to them through our actions, lives, and words before it’s too late. One day the judgment will come and only those who have faith in Christ will be spared for He is the only way to peace with God. It’s not so much about the plays and decorations; it’s about the souls of men and women. Think about that.
Pat and I would like to thank all of you for the wonderful Christmas cards, gifts, and greetings we’ve received these past weeks. As some of you know, our family custom is to take the money we would have spent on cards and give it to the poor. This year we are giving the money to support a project giving clean water to an African village through Samaritan’s Purse. We do want to wish you all a blessed Christmas and a very prosperous New Year. We are so grateful to serve Christ with you.