The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, - Acts 17:24-27 (ESV)
When will those who claim the mantle of Christianity realize they are being led around by the nose by people who could care less about them? NAR dominionism continues to fester within the church walls of this country. With each passing day we see more and more ridiculous positions being taken by alleged Christian leaders that are purely carnal in nature and designed to support a political party while pretending to have some air of piety. It is embarrassing that this story even has to be addressed. When it first broke I merely passed over it because it was so silly but it is apparently gaining traction as the political masters continue to demand electoral loyalty from their pastoral serfs. The story is simple. A school in Rochester decided to remove a Christmas song from their curriculum due to its history being rooted in minstrel shows that were inherently racist. Now in full disclosure I think that decision seems a bit extreme but I do not live in Rochester. If I did and had children in that school perhaps that would be a further discussion. That is what normal people do. Crazy people however, decide that this one school is somehow a national attack upon Christianity.
If that theme sounds familiar, it should. The political forces on the right in this country use the victimization of Christians to leverage them into political action and to gin up their outrage to vote. Have you ever noticed that every election is the "most important in our lifetime?" Have you ever noticed that all "Christian" voting guides may as well just have one line - vote for the Republican? Have you noticed that when a manger scene in small town America is removed because, you know, not everyone is Christian, that it means we are being persecuted? Have you noticed that if the teenage cashier at Walmart says Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas that suddenly there is a "war on Christmas?" Who does all of this nonsense serve? Certainly not God. Jesus was not even born in December. It hurts the cause of the Gospel for sure as the world views us as mentally unhinged political operatives. It cannot help the church by telling half the people they are not welcome simply based upon their voting patterns. No, it only serves to further the power and wealth of those who are already powerful and wealthy in politics. The above link is to a new article on Charisma News about detailing the faux outrage by faux Christians over this one school banning Jingle Bells. Let us reason once more together beloved.
"Prior to the holidays, a school district in upstate New York announced that it would ban the teaching and singing of the beloved Christmas classic song "Jingle Bells" in the name of diversity and equity. The school district's actions have drawn the ire of some significant faith leaders like Dr. Alveda King, Pentecostal Pastor Mark Burns and Dr. Michael Brown.
Burns, who is running for U.S. Congress in South Carolina later this year, says the action by Council Rock Primary School is just another example of cancel culture's attack on Christianity in America. "The liberal left's shameless attempt to label 'Jingle Bells' as racist is just another despicable attempt to remove Christianity from society entirely," Burns says. "The left's pet project in schools right now, DEIso called diversity, equity and inclusionis really all about erasing Christianity, erasing the rule of law, and erasing Western civilization." - Charisma News
Instead of saying King, Burns and Brown, they could have just said "The NAR." That is what those three represent, not Christianity. Whatever your opinion is about this decision by Council Rock Primary School I do hope we can all agree that it does not represent an attempt to remove Christianity from society. How pathetically absurd is that claim? That the decision of one school in Upstate NY to stop singing Jingle Bells is a full-frontal assault on our faith and an attempt to remove it entirely from civilization? Wow. Jingle bells? Really? Why must we always be the stupid people? Then Burns takes it even further by declaring that any attempts to bring diversity, equity and inclusion into schools is secretly all about erasing Christianity, the rule of law, and western civilization itself. Just to keep focused on what we are talking about. Jingle Bells. You know, dashing through the snow. That Jingle Bells. If I do not wish to sing Jingle Bells I am actually against the rule of law and Western civilization. And that guy is running for Congress. Lord help us.