Well the Christmas season is upon us and the end of the year is just around the corner. I know it may sound cliche, but the years seem to go by faster and faster as I get older; and 2013 is no exception.
With all the events that took place this year in my life, it is just mind-boggling. When I stop and reflect on these events I can honestly say that God is ever-present in my life and He is doing some amazing things! I am so thankful.
This time of year though is not just for reflection, but for rejoicing. The true meaning of Christmas has everything to do with the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Dave Ramsey made an excellent point on his radio show today that Christmas is a time of giving because God ‘gave His only Son for all mankind’. The Christmas story is one of ultimate sacrifice and love. God sent His only Son to earth to be our living example and then to suffer the wages of sin for our salvation. What an amazing and loving God we have.
Our culture tends to put parameters and expectations on giving, which is unfortunate. Giving has no boundaries; it has no dimensions or rules. It is all about giving from your heart and not giving more than you can really afford. I remember years ago when my husband and I would stress about Christmas time. We would wait until the last minute to buy gifts for family and friends, we wouldn’t have a budget and we would just purchase everything with our credit cards. Then, when the statements came in the mail the next month, reality slapped us in the face, we were even more stressed out and we had completely lost sight of the true meaning of Christmas.
We have since changed this practice and Christmas time is much more enjoyable and financially tolerable, for everyone. The adults in our family now draw names to do a gift exchange, which works out great. When we race around frantically trying to buy gifts for everyone we know, it becomes super stressful and the true meaning of Christmas gets lost in the chaos.
It pains me deeply that there are people in our country who want to stomp out Christmas entirely and turn it in to some secular, selfish annual event. These people have infiltrated our communities, our education system, and especially our media. They promote the banning of Christmas themed events, songs, and displays or at least a radical change of these symbols. Have you heard that we should now call Christmas trees, Holiday trees? Seriously?!?
These same people try to make those of us who celebrate Christmas feel ashamed for wishing others a ‘Merry Christmas’. Our country’s founders designed our constitution to provide religious freedom for all citizens of America, including Christians! It is amazing how those who want to stomp out Christmas are the same folks who are out there protesting for ‘equality’ and ‘diversity’. Can someone say hypocrisy??
So don’t feel ashamed if you celebrate Jesus’ birth and want to say Merry Christmas. If someone is offended, then maybe they should have worn a sign that says they are anti-Christmas. Christians are not mind-readers.
Jesus is the Reason for the Season, we need to remember this and not be ashamed. Remember that the battle has already been won. God is on the throne and Jesus sits at His right hand.
Enjoy your families and make sure your children know the true meaning of Christmas. Above all, praise Jesus and rejoice in the celebration of his birth and life on earth.
‘And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.’
- Luke 2:10-11
Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones and wishes for a prosperous and blessed New Year!
No, I am not referring to the insurance company. The term progressive has many definitions. One definition states progressive is: happening or developing gradually over time. In general, progress can be a good thing. Progress in technology and modern medicine have improved by ‘progress’ within those particular fields. But when we use the term ‘progressive’ in America, what does it really mean?
In America, progressive today means expanding the nanny state, spending into oblivion, and never saying no to anything (except ‘no’ to fiscal responsibility). American progressivism is a disease. “The ends justify the means” is the progressive way. This is not a ‘left’ or a ‘right’ thing...there are progressives in both the Democratic AND Republican parties. America is progressing all right...straight for a cliff and right towards its death. I can’t quite decide though if it would be good or bad for America to go over the cliff? Is our country like a drug addict who needs to hit rock bottom before he turns his life around? Does America need to hit rock bottom before we wake up and realize that being ‘progressive’ really isn’t such a good thing?
I hope not. But I do know that the American ‘progressive movement’ is a road headed straight for destruction. Helping those “less fortune”, giving “opportunities” to everyone, and “its for the children” are all just covers for the progressives. Their real mission is about power and control. Our dire state of the union is no accident, it is by design. The elitist-progressives are smart and strategic; and their greatest weapon is they have no conscience or logic.
The progressives have been instrumental in increasing welfare benefits since its inception. America, however, is becoming an unaffordable welfare state, leading to nothing but absolute destruction of the economy. Cloward and Piven wrote about this in their article titled ‘The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty’ published in a 1966 issue of The Nation. In the article, the authors explain how overloading the welfare state will cause a collapse of the economic system from the inside...a recipe for assured destruction. The article reads like a playbook and the progressives know it cover to cover. Think I am talking crazy? Do your own research. It is there in black & white. The authors’ reason for economic collapse is for total take over and creation of a guaranteed equal income for everyone, an ideology derived from communism. We can look at historical recordings and other writings from early progressives for the blueprint. America today spends $131.9 Billion on welfare each year and this does NOT include food stamps or unemployment! Our government says this still isn’t enough, they want more money and more programs for welfare! They say they are fighting for equality; but their definition of equality in America is different that what America’s founders and Martin Luther King, Jr were talking about.
The progressive definition of equality is equal outcomes, not equal opportunities; again an ideology based in communism or collectivism. America was founded on the principle that ‘All men are created equal’. Our founding fathers believed in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, which provides equal opportunities, but doesn’t guarantee equal outcomes. Our government tells us differently; they are trying very hard to change the facts. Traditionally, when someone was struggling, their friends, their neighbors, and their church, would rally around them and help them get back on their feet. Now for some reason the government and our society thinks its the government’s job to help them. We have lost our sense of community and charity. Our society’s selfishness is to blame.
Like a drug addict though, our society won’t change unless we want to change, unless we realize our lifestyle is out of control, unsustainable, and is giving us a false sense of true happiness and satisfaction. We may have to hit complete rock bottom as a society in order for us to truly understand what some people have been trying to tell us for years. It may take rock bottom for us to truly understand what full government control really looks like and feels like. America is addicted all right, addicted to self-pleasure and entitlements at the cost of freedom. Its time to wake up, educate ourselves and kick American “progressivism” out the door!
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