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[COMMENT: Who will lead to peace -- the UN or Jesus? That is the overwhelming public policy issue of our time. 2000 years ago it was Caesar or Jesus. Nothing has changed. Either Jesus will be Lord, or civil government will be lord. Take your pick. Choose this day whom you will serve.
Berit Kjos points to this crucial issue of our time -- Who is Lord? Jesus or civil government? The world, including any central government, cannot produce peace. For very logical reasons, that is impossible. See the Worldview Library. The closed-circle cosmos is locked into power struggle. Concentration of power in the supposedly "peace-keeping" UN will absolutely guarantee the continuation of war.
See further comments below. E. Fox]
December 24, 2006
"He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him." (John 1:11).
Would we have received Him? Would we have recognized Jesus as the long-awaited King?
Two thousand years ago, the masses neither believed nor accepted Him. Seeking an earthly kingdom ruled by a human king, some stretched His words to fit their vision. Others sought to kill Him. The reason? He made pseudo "good" people feel bad, for His message exposed their sin.
Through the centuries, religious leaders have often added the name or promises of Jesus to their self-made paths to peace. The marketing message of the popular Christian painter Thomas Kinkaide -- probably written by professional advertisers rather than Mr. Kinkaide himself -- shows the growing acceptance of such spiritual synthesis today:
Would the true Jesus point to "glow of moonlight" as a source of peace? Would His true followers respect other gods and gurus as "holy?" Would our Lord, who prayed "Thy will be done," pray such a prayer as that?
[COMMENT: This is not Christianity, this is betrayal. E. Fox]
As the curtain falls on the "Christian" era in the West, the timeless divide between God's Light and the world's false glow becomes more visible. And no month better illustrates this hostility toward Jesus than December.
Those who envision global peace through social engineering can't tolerate any signs of the new-born king. Kwanzaa and winter solstice may fit, but Bethlehem's manger must be banned from public view. That ban is now being stretched to include non-Christian symbols such as Christmas trees, Santa, Rudolph... even red and green colors.
An article titled, "Santa Claus Deemed Too 'Religious' for School Fundraiser," quotes an angry parent who accused the local elementary school of breaking the law by featuring Santa Claus, a "religious" figure. "I look forward to sponsoring an event that is within the law and inclusive of all," the offended parent wrote in her letter to the superintendent. "'This is not an argument about religion; it is about the law of our land."
In a world that trusts feelings more than facts, this absurd argument makes sense. It illustrates the attitude of those who despise the slightest reminder of that Holy Night long ago. But we shouldn't be surprised. God warned us that the world would have little tolerance for His truth and followers:
Those who "do not know" Him can't understand why He came. Many consider the gospel a myth and the cross an outrage. Having rationalized sin and justified their compromise with immorality, they dismiss His death and resurrection. Their quest for "peace" demands denial of His Truth.
TWO KINDS OF PEACE
[COMMENT: The two kinds of peace are given in the choice: "Jesus is Lord" vs. "Civil government is lord." "Lord" means the one who gives ontological and moral stability -- security of being and of purpose and direction. The world of the closed circle is locked into power struggle and can give peace only the way Rome did, at sword point, or by the modern method - brainwashing. E. Fox]
Many Old Testament prophets foretold the birth of Jesus and His indescribable peace. "For Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given," wrote Isaiah centuries before Christ was born. "His name shall be Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end. " Isaiah 9:6-7
“Glory to God in the highest," sang the angels who announced His birth. "And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:14)
Yes, through the cross, there would be "peace on earth" -- a peace that far exceeds the shallow illusions of blinded idealists. God's joyful angels proclaimed a heavenly peace for all who welcomed the King into their lives. Reigning in their hearts, He would establish His spiritual Kingdom on earth -- in and through His own people living as "pilgrims and sojourners" in a corrupt world.
That may sound strange to those who share the vision of global solidarity. But remember the question Jesus asked His confused, earth-focused disciples: "Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division." (Luke 12:51)
The world still despises this division. Wanting peace and unity on its own terms, it calls for pluralism, inclusiveness, an end to the stigma of sin, and tolerance for all that God calls wrong. The British article, "Whose Country Is It?" illustrates the deception:
Today's high tech media and rejection of absolute truth (the anchor of our faith) speeds this transformation. The pragmatic ("whatever works") attitude taught by the emerging, purpose-driven movements reject Biblical discernment as divisive. Pastor Rick Warren's "close friend" Sen. Barack Obama, made the following statement at the “Building a Covenant for a New America” conference last June:
[COMMENT: Secular democracy indeed demands just that -- not because it holds the intellectual high ground. It does not. It can offer only a terrible perversion of intellectual integrity -- a sacrifice of one's mind to the pseudo-pluralism of the age.
God holds the intellectual, moral, and spiritual high ground, and He is inviting His people to join Him there. But there are few takers -- among so-called Christians. Rick Warren and Barack Obama are wolves in sheep's clothing and deadly friends.
But the problem is not being "purpose driven", as some claim, it is rather having some highest purpose other than that of God. God defines our purpose for existence, and that is the basis of ALL morality and obligation. If there is no creator God, then there is no morality, only power struggle.
God is "purpose-driven", but it is HIS purpose, not anyone else's. And certainly not the purposes of our pseudo-pluralistic culture.
The question is not whether we will have a religion, only which one. Secular humanism is a religion. So there is no possibility of the nonsense abroad about "separation of religion and state". Every society has its religion. But Christians have not caught up with honest logic on this point.
Biblical religion alone can stand the test of honest intellectual inquiry. When Christians discover that, the battle will turn, and not until. The Bible (i.e., God) had centuries ago already demanded that "proposals be subject to argument, and amenable to reason..." "Come, let us reason together..." (Is. 1:18), a theme which runs throughout the whole history of Scripture. Reason is the very foundation of the approach of God to us. The problem of being reasonable is not with God, it is with us fallen humans. We do not show up for the discussion -- because we know that God will raise the issue of our relationship to Him. But if we do resolve to become truth-seekers, we will bump into the most astonishingly good God, beyond our fallen imaginations. Only in meeting this God can we begin to imagine the possibility of such goodness.
And, yes, we will have to reformat our notions of "infallibility" and "inerrancy". E. Fox]
Actually, we do have a choice: to deny Him or to follow Him. The latter may cost us our jobs, friends, freedom, and worldly acceptance. But through the centuries, His faithful friends have gladly given their all to follow Him. Loving Him more than the world, they faced imprisonment, torture, and cruel death. But the peace of His presence was worth the pain of persecution.
A Jewish girl in Nazi Germany discovered this wonderful truth when she learned to trust Jesus. Anita Dittman tells her amazing story in the book, Trapped in Hitler's Hell:
Indeed He is! And to Anita, one of the highlights of those horrible years was Christmas 1944. By now a skeletal teenager struggling to survive unthinkable labor on a starvation diet in a Nazi work camp, she rejoiced in an unthinkable gift: She and a few other Christians were given permission to celebrate Christmas Eve in a nearby village church. A guard would go with them, so they prayed that the truth about Christ would touch his cold heart.
“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15
1, Thomas Kinkaide, "A
Prayer for Peace,"
© 2006 Berit Kjos - All Rights Reserved
Berit Kjos is a widely respected researcher, writer and conference speaker. A frequent guest on national radio and television programs, Kjos has been interviewed on Point of View (Marlin Maddoux), The 700 Club, Bible Answer Man, Beverly LaHaye Live, Crosstalk and Family Radio Network. She has also been a guest on "Talk Back Live" (CNN) and other secular radio and TV networks. Her last two books are A Twist of Faith and Brave New Schools. Kjos Ministries Web Site: http://www.crossroad.to/index.html
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