Today is the first day of Advent, which marks the start of the pre-Christmas season. It is observed by many, if not most, of the Catholic faithful. And it is in popularity among Protestants, particularly those of us who count ourselves evangelical Christians.
Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. During that four-week period, the Christian faithful prepare for the commemoration of the birth of Christ.
Satan hates Advent. That’s because he wants to take the “Christ” out of Christmas. He doesn’t want Christmas to be a Godly “holy-day.” Rather, his aim is to reduce the birth of Christ to an unGodly, secularized “holiday,” on a par with, say, Halloween.
And, lamentably, Satan and his minions have largely succeeded in hijacking Christmas.
Indeed, no longer is Christmas a celebration of Christ’s birth, but the worship of Mammon. It begins the day after Thanksgiving, which is aptly named Black Friday. It is a day of orgiastic buying and selling in America’s temples of commerce.
Meanwhile, the evil one’s useful idiots have driven Christ out of the public square during Christmas.
That begins at the White House, where the president of the United States, who claims to be a Christian, sends out Christmas cards that do not mention Christ. Like last year, when the White House Christmas card featured the Obama Family’s two dogs – rather than, say, the Virgin Mary and the Christ child – with the secularist message:
“In this wondrous season, may the spirit of the holidays bring you strength and happiness.”
And Obama is not the only elected official doing the work of the devil; taking the Christ out of Christmas.
In 2014, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio declared that New York City public schools could no longer have holiday concerts featuring songs in which the lyric “Christmas” was sung. “I don’t hate Christmas,” de Blasio claimed, “but it’s not about me, it’s about the thousands of children that don’t celebrate Christmas, and could find it offensive.”
Then there are the atheists, and their sympathizers, who use the courts to attack Christmas.
That’s what happened this past April when a three-judge panel of the liberal Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco outlawed the Nativity scenes depicted on large dioramas in Santa Monica, California’s Palisades Park.
Those dioramas had been erected in the park every Christmas season since the 1950s.
That’s why the redeemed of the Lord should stand up for Christmas during Advent. For the Word of God promises that if we resist the Devil, he will flee from us.