Replacing War with Joy on Christmas

Around this time every year, some Christians get heated about the "War on Christmas." Political organizations churn out sharply worded press releases about a perceived attempt by the left to strip Christ out of Christmas. Bill O'Reilly will highlight one story every night, something like the town council in Podunk, USA that removed a cross from a water tower. The Drudge Report will take the most obscure case of Christmas secularizing and highlight as if its a dangerous national epidemic. And of course, the American Family Association will create its "Naughty and Nice" list of retailers who don't explicitly mention the story of Christmas in their promotions, forgetting the irony of using Santa Claus to beat up retailers who don't articulate the mystery of the Incarnation with their 40% off sweater sales. I'm not suggesting that there isn't a cultural push back against Christianity. I realize gospel-centered Christianity is increasingly becoming...

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Cautions for Christians in a Political Season

In America, politics is all around us, whether you want it to be or not. But as we anticipate the election of 2012, it is reaching a fever pitch. Being a political junkie myself, I find myself being, at times, so consumed by it that it distracts me from my main calling as a follower of Christ. So I thought perhaps it would be good to consider a few guidelines that might govern our conversations, activism, and online discussions in this political season. 1) Don't Convince Yourself that One Election Will Solve Everything. Elections do have consequences and good leadership can effect social change. Still, the root of our problems in America is as old as civilization itself: its the problem of sin. And the solution is not a politician or a platform. It's not the tea party or the Republican party or the Democratic party or any party. The solution...

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