Whatsoever Things Are True
by Dan Coburn
Christmas Absolutes in a Relative World:
I love this time of year. It reveals to me the heart of man perhaps more than any other season. For those of us who are paying attention, the battle lines are drawn each Christmas Season, and the secular world digs in its heals, bitterly opposing any reference to Jesus, and all the while wanting your money. It must be a fine line to walk. I love the word Christmas if for no other reason that the first syllable. I love the word holiday, if for no other reason than that it came from ďHoly-dayĒ. I love the word universe, as it is a Latin compound word meaning ďone-spoken wordĒ.
It wasnít always like this. Iím only 49 yrs old, and when I was a kid, in public school, we put on Christmas Pageants, and called them such. We had baby Jesus, the shepherds, wise men, Mary and Joseph, and various animals, all on stage. We even sang Christmas songs, and used the J word. 
So how did we get where we are?  I grew up in a world of Traditionalism which meant that God determined what is truth. Our country was founded on this. If you go to Washington DC, and take a tour (I highly recommend it) you will see the common theme is biblical principals, which determined the decisions of our founding fathers. Most of our laws were derived from the bible. 
In the 1960s, Science became truth. If something couldnít be reproduced in the classroom Ė say faith for instance, it was deemed superstition. This is called Modernism, and the fruits of it were Supreme Court rulings such as removing prayer from school, R vs W, and so on. Local governments determined what is good for us, like what is porn, and how much of it is OK. 
In the 80s, we evolved to Post-Modernism. This was the recognition that science could not answer our fundamental questions. We decided there is no truth. Itís all relative. What is right for me, may not be right for you, and vice versa. Therefore, you canít judge me. No right or wrong. 
A recent Barna Poll concluded that 2 out of 3 adults, and 4 of 5 teens believe there are no absolute truths. You donít want your banker thinking this way as she counts out your change, or your pilot as youíre landing on a runway to short for your plane, so you see, relativism only applies to moral values, and religion. 
Fifty years ago, being tolerant was to recognize another personís right to their opinion. Today, it means you cannot disagree or tell them they are wrong. If you do, you are bigoted, arrogant, dogmatic, and Evil. Soon we will be like our neighbors to the north, where a pastor was actually jailed for saying homosexuality was wrong. 
What has this to do with Christmas?  As far as our world is concerned, Christmas has no absolute meaning.  Next week we will look at three Christmas Absolutes. You donít want to miss it. 
Merry Christmas.  
 

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