Merry Christmas to you and yours, and may you have a blessed holiday season with those you love.
This Christmas, may we remember that God calls on all of us to spread his word in our communities. From Matthew 28:19:
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
May we also remember that the Founding Fathers of this great country were all devout Christians who understood the importance of a shared religion in a nation the size of a continent. Consider the first sentence of George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789, his first year as president:
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor—
We should thus keep in mind something that we’ve forgotten over the years: that our nation was founded as a Christian country, tolerant to all Christian denominations, as evidenced by the First Amendment. A concept that sprung up in the absence of such a recollection is Jefferson’s notion of “separation of church and state”, which does not appear in the US Constitution or the Federalist Papers. Academic papers and news articles alike have been written recently detailing the now rarely uttered truth.
But we should not blindly take the media or academia’s word on the subject — even in such an unusual case in which they are right: God calls on us to live as He has shown us, and build families and communities and cities and nations that reflect Christian values and celebrate Jesus Christ. From Isaiah 9:6:
So let it be written, so let it be done.