Christmas Reminder: It’s All About Vital Transformation
Ramon Arias | December 5, 2016
The month of December is one of the most anticipated months of the year for various reasons; however, reality also tells us that not all people are as excited. There are those who despise what Christmas stands for, so they are ready for more battles aimed at dismantling this celebration. Once again, the haters of Christ will use their favorite arguments of multiculturalism as they continue to push the political correctness insanity that has plunged the nation into cultural, spiritual, intellectual and emotional darkness, which is the fruit of social backwardness. Their real agenda is to make America God-less, Christ-less, Holy Spirit-less and Biblical-less.
The Christian camp is not without its internal battles. There are those who go to great lengths to explain the reason Christmas is a pagan celebration. We can expect nonbelievers to miss the great meaning of the birth of Christ, but those who profess the Christian faith should not join forces in agreement with those who are clueless of such an important historical event that divides history before Christ and after Christ.
America, and the rest of the nations with Christian influence, can never become great by mere human knowledge that lacks the understanding of what truly happened 2,000 years ago in the town of Bethlehem in Israel.
What does it mean to be an American? I'm sure you have your ideas, but you must corroborate them to know how accurate they are when compared to the facts of the original intent. The closer we get to the original historical events the better understanding we will have.
When the influence of the humanists began to increase in this country, they gradually began controlling public education early in the 20th century, and we must admit they have been masterfully successful at rewriting the original history of this nation. For this reason, our present generation, for the most part, is misguided when it comes to understanding the real reason for Christmas. The first and second generation, after the birth of the new experiment of government, were well aware of the link between America and Jesus Christ.
John Quincy Adams (1767–1848) was the son of Founding Father John Adams (1735-1826) who was our second president and also among the five chosen to draft the Declaration of Independence. Quincy Adams became the sixth president of the United States. John Jr. had a remarkable life, at the age of 14 he was appointed to a diplomatic position by Congress as secretary to the ambassador at the court of Catherine the Great in Russia. He also served as ambassador to England, France, Holland, Prussia, and Russia. Mr. Quincy Adams was Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, and President of the United States. His foreign-born wife, Louisa Catherine, was First Lady of the United States. After John Quincy Adams’ presidential term, he served as a member of the House of Representatives for eighteen years. He also fiercely fought against slavery by promoting its abolition.
Let us pay attention and heed to his understanding of the meaning of Americanism:
In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior. The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity.1
The birthday of America as a nation “is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior.” John Quincy Adams was expressing the truth that up until his generation they had known and he challenged them not to think of America’s greatness apart from the purpose of Christ’s birth.
America has gone through a lot of difficulties and dark moments since the arrival of the Pilgrims in 1620, which is now almost 400 years ago. Without the solid foundation provided by the biblical principles, there is no bailout for this cultural madness. John Quincy Adams’ message was not only for his generation but also for future generations to keep focused on our biblical faith:
The hope of a Christian is inseparable from his faith. Whoever believes in the Divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures must hope that the religion of Jesus shall prevail throughout the earth. Never since the foundation of the world have the prospects of mankind been more encouraging to that hope than they appear to be at the present time. And may the associated distribution of the Bible proceed and prosper till the Lord shall have made “bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God” [Isaiah 52:10].2
He understood that the real purpose for America was to shine the light of God, Jesus Christ, and the excellent biblical knowledge to all the nations.
May all the Christmas lights, trees, songs and music be a reminder to every follower of Christ that His birth is about the vital transformation of individuals, which begins by accepting God's gift of salvation – redemption. People have a deep need to know there is real hope. Above all, let us never lose sight that genuine and lasting cultural transformation begins with the spiritual transformation of the individual.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 (ESV)
“To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27 (ESV)