Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Can you be a Democrat AND a Christian?

Can a person be a Democrat and a Christian? First we have to look at what it is to be a Christian. The word “Christian” literally translates to be “Christ-like” meaning one who strives to maintain the same character as Christ. Many people assume that if you are born-again you are a Christian which is not necessarily true. You must be born again to be a Christian but you can be born again without being “Christ like”. So the title Christian is one earned after being born again not at the time of Salvation.

With that definition of a Christian established we look at some of the tenants of the Democratic Party.

1. Pro-abortion – The Democratic Party has come out strongly. Almost ghoulishly, in their desire to kill unborn children. Christ was very much against killing children as observed in Matthew 8:6 where Jesus states But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
2. Homosexual marriage – The Democrats have come out full force in support of what God calls an abomination.

3. Environment – The Bible teaches that man is over the animals. In an attempt to pervert God’s perfect order the Democratic Party is constantly pushing legislation that makes man lesser than the animals. Example; you can legally own a business whose only purpose is to facilitate the murder of unborn humans. But, you can be imprisoned for accidentally killing an unborn turtle.

4. Special protection for sinners while condemning the Saints – The Democratic Party has pushed through legislation to increase the penalty for crimes committed against those who chose to commit sodomy. When a homosexual and a heterosexual are the victims of the same crime the penalty for the offender should be the same but they are not. At the same time “hate crime laws” are being used to threaten Pastors for reading portions of the Bible that deals with the sin of sodomy.

Because of these and other examples I do not believe that someone can be both a Christian and a Democrat at the same time. That being said I am finding it harder to be a Republican and a Christian at the same time as well. This country must get back to the Christian roots that we were founded on. The values that carried us through the World Wars, freed the slaves, and made us the greatest country in the world.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Christmas or Xmas?

Several years ago the “Xmas” as an abbreviation for Christmas became popular. Many theories abound as to why this started and why it has gained popularity. Some have attributed it to the notion that the word Christ in the Greek can be spelled with an X as the first letter others have argued that X was used by the Romans as an abbreviation for the word Christ because of the Greek spelling (even though x was more commonly used for the number 10. While both of these explanations are shaky at best neither explains the insurgence of its use today, since most people today do not write in Greek and last time I checked the Roman Empire was still dead. More likely the use today stems from one of two areas. The first cause I believe is a combination of laziness and ignorance. People are simply too lazy to write out the whole word Christmas and ignorant of the message they are inadvertently sending when they eliminate Christ from His own birthday celebration. The second reason has to do with the world’s hatred of Jesus. It is difficult to see Jesus without being reminded of our sinful situation and our need for repentance. The thought of writing down the name of someone they hate is simply more than they can bear so the “x” Christ out of Christmas. Jesus left Heaven and came to earth to live and die for the worlds sins. He was motivated 100% by a love that is incomprehensible to us. He knew being born meant that he was going to be falsely accused, beaten, mocked, spat upon, and crucified but his love for us was so much greater than the pain. This season don’t leave Christ out of His Birthday Celebration. Merry Christmas!