What Christmas Is All About

There’s one passage of Scripture not in the Gospels themselves that is a crystal-clear Christmas message. It doesn’t mention a manger, shepherds, or a sign in the heavens, yet it communicates what Christmas is all about regardless. It’s found in Philippians 2: 5-11:

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.

Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Not only does that capture the true reason for Christmas, but it also applies to Easter/Resurrection Day, and the Final Judgment. All of that is wrapped up in this one passage.

May this Christmas be wrapped up in Him rather than presents and all the other trappings of secular celebration. Be a light shining in a very dark world.

I’m taking a Pondering Principles break now. I’ll be back in the new year.

Cartoon Potpourri

This will be my last blog post until the new year, so let me leave you with a plethora (look it up) of political cartoons to help tide you over. Whenever you need a cartoon fix over the next couple of weeks, just come back here.

Let’s begin with a man who has made real news this year, probably the most honest man who has worked with the government (at least until he was put before a congressional panel to testify):


In the Senate, the Democrats gave the terrorists an early Christmas present:

Future Interrogation

And here’s one person’s creative idea on illegal immigration:

Sound Immigration Policy

Just kidding.

Of course, at the center of all things political is this man who has become a legend in his own mind, particularly on Biblical knowledge:

It Does Now

I must also add one for a political party that somehow manages to turn a major win into no advantage whatsoever:

Too Quickly

I have a number of cartoons that deal with the government’s lack of ability to do almost anything effectively:


Love Govt Work

Functional Government

Finally, I offer the true spirit of the season from our cultural masters:


May we never succumb to that spirit. May the birth of Christ—and everything that flows from that—be the essence of your Christmas.

Full of Grace & Truth

I’m going to take a break from blogging for the rest of 2013. Before I go, a few comments. First, a sincere wish directed toward Republicans, in the form of a gift:

It's a Spine

And also a reminder to remember what Christmas is all about:

True Spirit

Just kidding. But if you are watching the usual “holiday” specials, you might think so. Actually, I direct you to some words from the Gospel of John instead:

There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Word Became Flesh

May your life be full of His grace and truth. See you again in 2014.

Christmas Images

Christmas is fast approaching. I thought I’d do a little experiment, so I typed in “Christmas” on Google, then went to whatever images it chose to highlight. Hundreds appeared. Many were quite beautiful, like this one:

Glowing Christmas Trees

And there were those that make you feel warm and comfortable, evoking perhaps memories of Christmases past:

Christmas Tree & Fireplace

A multitude of pictures featured someone intimately connected with Christmas:

Santa Claus

Others were admittedly rather cute: 

Christmas Cute

Some even attempted a message of sorts:

Christmas Message

Nice and general—vague even—and certainly not offensive in any way. Neither does it say anything significant about the essence of this celebration. This is the message you will get from a plethora of “holiday specials” on television during this season:

Christmas Special

Out of all the Google images, only a few ventured to offer something like this:

Christmas Reality

It’s become a cliché, of course, to remind people to “keep Christ in Christmas,” but it is called “Christ”mas, isn’t it?

Enemies of Christ

On this Christmas eve, I’m going to be as politically incorrect as always. I’ve already begun by referring to this holiday as Christmas. The war over Christmas has shown no letup. It becomes more absurd each year.

Let’s be honest. It’s actually a war against Christianity. The word “Christmas” offends because it points to Christ. Well, Jesus Himself said he would be a stumbling block for many. He also said that people love the darkness and hate the light. He warned his disciples that they would be hated because of Him. So, even though I deplore this “war,” it’s not really unexpected. We’ve been told about it ahead of time. We should be prepared for it.

Thus far, the enemies of Christ have not been able to shut Him out completely. There are still too many of His followers inhabiting this nation. The rays of His light continue to shine, and sometimes one can yet see them in the culture:

Thank God. I mean that—literally.