X-mas is a common abbreviation of the word Christmas. The “-mas” part is from the Latin-derived Old English word for Mass, while the “X” comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός, translated as “Christ”. There is a common misconception that the word X-mas stems from a secular attempt to remove the religious tradition from Christmas by taking the “Christ” out of “Christmas”. However, it is merely a simple abbreviation for the day in which we Christ followers celebrate the incarnation or embodiment of God the Son in human flesh as Jesus Christ.
For a number of decades the Grinches and Scrooges have tried to spoil Christmas for the masses primarily due to their dislike of all the merry making and festivity of the holiday and/or the commercialization of the day. Sadly, the past few years these haters of the season have been supplanted by a more sinister bunch. They oppose the Christmas holiday because it is linked to Jesus Christ. They are the atheists, those who embrace a godless religion called Secular Humanism. These new breed of X-mas haters include those who have openly embraced this atheistic belief system and those who have unwittingly been indoctrinated into it. They are the ones who rant and rave and demand Christmas trees be removed from the public square. They push to ban Nativity scenes and even loathe the mere holiday greeting “Merry Christmas.”
Secular Humanists claim to be in favor of “free inquiry” according to “A Secular Humanist Declaration” of 1980″: “The first principle of democratic secular humanism is its commitment to free inquiry. We oppose any tyranny over the mind of man.” Yet, that is exactly what humanists do to all those who do not hold to their dogma and manifestos. Secular Humanists exact absolute acceptance of their doctrines upon everyone. Anyone who dares to believe differently from their godless atheistic religion come under the open wrath of Secular Humanists, often by threat of legal action from their sordid Anti Christian Legal Units like the Freedom From Religion Foundation or FFRF.
It is stunning that Secular Humanists claim to be for free thinking, yet that is not really what they want at all. These modern day Secularists not only demand the freedom to be godless, they insist on foisting their ungodly beliefs upon everyone else. Those beliefs include such things as separation of church and state, freedom of conscience (where no act of indecency or perversion is condemned), abortion, evolution as fact (not theory) among other such causes, often championed by liberals and so-called secular progressives.
If anyone or any organization dare to question the beliefs or morality of Secular Humanists, the response they receive is not “free inquiry” or even civilized debate that may end in all parties agreeing to disagree. No, for Secular Humanists, their doctrines and tenets of their godless religion, found in their manifestos and statements of their faith, must be accepted by all. They exude no tolerance, no reason, only hard core, old fashioned, dogma. They claim to oppose “any tyranny over the mind of man” yet in fact they do just that, by legislating their brand of morality in our state and federal legislatures, and if outvoted, they try and get the courts to legislate their values from the bench (as was the case in Roe v. Wade). They gain converts by using public tax dollars in public education to indoctrinate even our children. If you doubt it, try getting Creation Science taught or even discussed in parallel with the myth of evolution in your school district. Try getting abstinence based sex education taught in the local school system. Try getting any discourse on the scientific facts regarding an unborn child presented along with the preaching of abortion. You will quickly be mocked, derided and labeled “exremist” (or worse), and if these strong arm tactics of fear and intimidation won’t work, then be prepared to take your chances in front of a judge. Meanwhile, you and your entire family will be destroyed by the secular accomplices in the media.
Great examples of Secular Humanist’s “tolerance”, “free inquiry” and opposition to “tyranny of the mind” always seem to pop up every Christmas season. They don’t believe in the Christ of Christmas, nor do they want anyone else to either. Not only do they not want to spread Christmas cheer, they would prevent everyone on earth from doing so, if they could. Then I ask… how is that belief system and brand of humanism not pure dogma and tyranny of the mind? It is in fact both dogma and tyranny of the mind and soul . Why then are these phony “free inquirers” so afraid of a baby in a manger? For that matter, why was King Herod so fearful? (Read Matthew 2:1-16)
The answer is simple really. Secular Humanists vain attempts to deny Christ followers their First Amendment rights regarding Christmas (and any other outward displays of our faith) validates the very scripture found in God’s word that Secular Humanists try so emphatically to suppress. The answer is this: the Gospel of Jesus Christ changes hearts and minds. It regenerates souls that are dead in trespasses and sin. Humanists try to discredit the Bible at every turn. They claim it is false, that it is fable. Interestingly they do not seem to go after Aesop or the Brothers Grimm. Nor are they on rampages to suppress the very oppressive religion of Islam, the religion that treats women as little more than property.
You see, the religious writings of false religions bear no threat to the godless Secular Humanists. Nor do the writings of Homer, Shakespeare or writers of fiction. However, the Bible is different. God’s word has power embedded in it. John 1:14 declares: “And the Word [of God] was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” It has the Holy Spirit working through it. Romans 10:17 says “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” So, for those secular and humanist workers of iniquity, the Bible is indeed something to fear, to attack. Even the mere celebration or even mention of Christ’s birth cannot be tolerated. You see… “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12, ESV). And it has done so for thousands of years and changed the lives of countless millions. The Gospel is alive! The only chance Secular Humanists possibly have to subvert the morality of our nation is to totally silence the Gospel. They cannot win their case by argument, nor any form of civil discourse, so they try to win by judicial fiat and their tactics include intimidation and threats… as is always the way those who impose their will through tyranny operate. Bullying is what it is called.
The Apostle Paul declared that all scripture Is Breathed Out by God… “You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:10-17, ESV).
The preface to the above verses is 2 Timothy 3:1-9, ESV) and these verses vividly describe our culture and national morality in 2012, and verse 7 accurately portrays the folly of the Secular Humanists… “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.”
America’s Founding Fathers wrote Freedom OF Religion into the Bill of Rights because they understood our form of Government would not work for unbelievers. John Adams said “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Here are “A Few Declarations of Founding Fathers and Early Statesmen on Jesus, Christianity, and the Bible.”
Even a Harvard professor shares the importance of religion in sustaining our democracy…
I sincerely believe that without a national repentance or Great Awakening, our nation will not survive much longer, and that our freedom is already slipping into tyranny. Just as in Daniel Chapter 5, the “hand-writing may already be on the wall” for America.
Written by Samuel Lawrence, Owner
Christian Faith In America