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Merry Christ-mas, Mr. President: An Open Letter to President Obama
Dear Mr. Obama,
From the time you declared your candidacy for president of the United States and announced under your breath that you are a Christian, many true, Bible-believing Christians immediately had doubts about your muffled profession of faith. After all, for 20 years you drank deeply from the well of Rev. Jeremiah Wright — who, in spite of the clerical garb he wears, preaches a Universalist gospel. It is not the true gospel that Jesus proclaimed, which clearly states that He and He alone is the only way to heaven and the Father. That claim was for all people of the earth.
The Bible is not ambiguous, Mr. President, as you and some of your Universalist friends believe. Jesus made it clear in John 14:6 that He alone is “the way, the truth, and the life.” Furthermore, the Bible testifies in Acts 4:12 that “there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” except the name of Jesus.
That, Mr. Obama, is true Christianity.
Be that as it may, millions of Bible-believing Christians gave you the benefit of the doubt and decided to wait and see. After all, in the words of our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, “By their fruit you will recognize them” (Matt. 7:20). Many in the Evangelical community deliberately refused to judge you by your questionable associates and friends; they wanted to see for themselves.
And sadly, Mr. President, you deeply disappointed them.
Since public complaints and boycotts have so far proven futile, let us try Gandhian passive resistance. Let us quietly secede from the “holidays” by abstaining from all of the customs that have helped to secularize Christmas. Specifically:
Do not tell your children sweet lies about Santa Claus. Have the courage to tell them the blunt truth about that hypocritical old fraud and bone up on the Wikipedia article to get your facts straight. By being frank with them, you will gain their respect and give them the pleasure of being worldly-wise and cynical with their playmates. (You will also be off the hook about Christmas presents.) Bear in mind that if you yield to the temptation of telling them those “little lies” (as Prachett called them in Hogfather) about Santa and the Easter bunny and the tooth fairy, you will run the risk that, as they grow older and learn to disbelieve those myths, they will conclude that your stories about Jesus were myths too.
Do not allow your children to participate in inclusive ‘holiday’ celebrations at school. Tell the school authorities that you are offended by the secular profanation of your religious holiday and that you wish your children to be excused. (Take them out for a family treat instead.) And complain that the use of a “Christian religious figure” (i.e. Santa Claus) in their parties is a violation of the first amendment.
Do not take kids to non-religious seasonal shows. Or, if they must see The Nutcracker or Mr. Magorum’s Wonder Emporium, at least make an effort to take them to one or two religious performances. If enough people express an interest in nativity plays, entrepreneurs will fall over themselves in their rush to fill that need. By way of example, the recently made Nativity Story was been shown several times in December on HBO.
Do not emphasize a Christmas tree. Combine or even replace it with a nativity scene.
Do not send non-religious Christmas cards. Send cards that mention the nativity and Christ, however briefly. As the sole exception, send Hanukkah cards to your Jewish friends, who are fellow victims in the war against religious holidays.
Do not buy any Christmas gifts. If possible, avoid all purchases before Christmas and then take advantage of the after-Christmas sales to buy Epiphany presents. Take particular pains to shun the stores that avoid the use of the word “Christmas” in their promotions—and let them know why you are doing so. If a ten percent drop in holiday receipts is enough to frighten merchandisers, think what a boycott of all practicing Christians could accomplish.
Finally, replace all of these abstentions with religious practices. Devote as much time and money as you can to the charities that help the poor at Christmas time; these activities are the last vestige of true Christian spirit in the ‘holidays’. Within your own family, revive the old customs of Advent calendars and candles. Make a ceremony of putting the infant Jesus in your crib on Christmas Eve and singing carols. And go to church together.
By taking these steps, we can rescue the sacredness and peace of Christmas for ourselves and our families and be rescued from the turmoil, fatigue, and expense of the frantic ‘holidays’.
After Christmas. it will be our turn to celebrate. On Epiphany (January 6), we can ceremonially add the Magi to our nativity scenes and then (to the envy of the neighborhood children) distribute presents to our children.
Some of you may think that the measures I’ve proposed are extreme and divisive. I would answer that they are no more extreme than the measures others have taken to deprive Christians of the right to publicly express their Christianity. By now, we should have learned that we must fight for our rights or lose them. The question really is: do we believe and cherish our beliefs strongly enough to fight for them?
This comes from Moishe Rosen, founder of Jews for Jesus
If Christmas isn’t exactly a Jewish holiday—then it ought to be
Jews should be able to join in with others in celebrating the birth of the greatest Jew that ever lived
maybe some of us Jews aren’t able to celebrate because we see Christmas as a Jesus holiday and we haven’t yet discovered that Jesus isn’t prejudiced against us
others might be turned away by mistletoe, Macy’s merchandising, or middle class merriment
maybe we could manage to feel like celebrating if Santa Claus wasn’t crowding Jesus off the scene
after all, remember whose birthday it’s supposed to be
some say: “Santa Claus is a capitalist agent who promotes the idea that happiness comes through things.” He is certainly a salesman more than a saint
others say: “Santa is a communist agent because he dresses in red and only gives away things bought by other people”
Santa is no friend of truth. Have you ever noticed how scrupulously he avoids every mention of Jesus?
even if he has a beard Santa is not Jewish and such a nogoodnik should have no part in our celebration of Christmas as a Jewish holiday
all we need for Christmas or any joyous celebration is Jesus
some of us Jews join with the rest of the world to honor him—he is the world’s oldest living Jew—since he is still alive
some of us Jews enjoy the idea that people from every race sing praise to the God of Israel because of Jesus
they read the Jewish Bible and honor our ancestors. People like Abraham, Moses, David, and Daniel are heroes because of Jesus
(some people even love one another and are good to their neighbors because of Jesus)
all of Jesus’ apostles spoke with a Jewish accent
all of the writers of the New Testament are Jews
all of the teachings of Jesus like love, peace, caring, sharing, joyful worship and belonging to God’s family are Jewish ideas and ideals
giving presents is a very Jewish thing to do
in fact God gave His people the very best Christmas present, His very own Son (see Isaiah 9:6 and Psalm 2)
what could be better or nicer than to give one’s true self as a present to those one loves?
that’s what God did in Jesus
He gave Himself so that you might have real joy
though we don’t know exactly what day He was born, December 25th is as nice as any day and every day to celebrate his birth
if you knew what we know—that Jesus is really the Messiah—then you would agree that Christmas should be a Jewish holiday
May God give you much joy!
—by Moishe Rosen
Luke 2:1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when  Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town.4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed,  who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” 
15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
from Modern Reformation magazine
“It is fitting that we end the year, looking forward to the Christmas holiday, with an issue on soli Deo gloria. Not only do the familiar Christmas carols and stories of angel voices singing “glory” to the Lord remind us of our celebration of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, but the entire Christmas story is of glory shrouded in weakness and hidden from the powerful. Far from being the triumphant last note of a Christmas cantata, soli Deo gloria is the underlying counterpoint directing our eyes and thoughts thirty-three years into the future when the babe in a manger hangs on a cross. Soli Deo gloria reflects the Reformation’s emphasis on a theology of the cross as much as any other sola.
But American Christians, particularly, have rejected the theology of the cross-of glory hidden in meekness, of wisdom revealed through foolishness, of power made powerful in weakness-in favor of a theology of glory that does not worship God so much as it uses God. Reformed pastor and co-host of the White Horse Inn radio show Kim Riddlebarger exposes the folly of so much of our own thinking about God in his piece titled, “Using God.”
The question must be asked, however, is it possible for a human to give the transcendent God glory? Does God lack something that only we can provide? What does such thinking do to our understanding of the great distinction between God as Creator and ourselves as creatures? Editor-in-chief and Reformed theologian Michael Horton tackles these questions and takes us to the Old Testament prophet Isaiah for answers-and along the way also gives us an astronomy lesson!”