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Christmas with a capital C

posted by Brad Stine

As of
this writing the GoFish song Christmas with a Capital C is one of the most
requested songs on Christian radio. This song sampled my Christmas rant from
“Put a Helmet On!” and has well over 14 MILLION hits on YouTube. The song and
my routine is simply a response to the politically correct nonsense that has
essentially censored the age-old American tradition of celebrating Christmas in
stores, schools and businesses.

Of
course “Christmas” itself is not being censored in that there is still a break
given to school kids nation wide that has somehow morphed into a celebration of
snow and winter, because after all, who doesn’t feel all warm and fuzzy inside
when they see slush and freezing rain? It is the use of the word Christmas and
its religious connotations that are being erased of course. The fact that we
still have stores selling gifts, ribbon, trees, wrapping paper, tinsel, stars,
ornaments, and the green and red theme colors is a sad testimony to what
political correctness does to truth.

Even
though all of these items are here ONLY because of Christmas, (not Hanukah or
Kwanza or Ramadan) they pretend it isn’t there and by doing so it will force it
to disappear. My beef with this fascism in the name of sensitivity by the way
is not saying we shouldn’t be respectful of non-Christians and dissenting
viewpoints. My problem was that this tradition has existed for well over 150
years in America. It is not about forcing non-Christians to celebrate
Christmas, it is the fact that it has been taken away from everyone. Removing
something that always was is a far cry from forcing it on others.

I
could quibble about the immaturity and lack of tolerance from the small
minority that is apparently outraged and traumatized by a dogmatic religion
that would pound us over the head with such intolerant a concept as “Peace on
earth good will towards men” when it suddenly occurred to me. Christmas is a gift.

Christmas
is a celebration of God almighty humbling Himself towards His creation in
creating an opportunity for humanity to be restored to fellowship with its
creator. Yet even from its inception there were those that refused the gift.
Those who want the grace and forgiveness and love but are adamant that they
want nothing to do with repentance, humbleness, and sanctification.

What
has happened in America is a natural outcropping of the fallen man and his
rebellion. We will accept God in small doses and only under the caveat that we
get to decide who God is and what role He will be permitted to affect our
behavior. We have the proof even in some Christian denominations that have kept
the Jesus of “love” as long as love doesn’t conflict with the new cultural norm
of morality. They allow the culture to define their faith instead of the
purpose of Christianity and Christmas in redeeming culture.

Does
Jesus love us all, you bet. Does love mean no perimeters for our choices? No.
That is actually called hate. To allow someone to make choices that are
repulsive to God without GENTLY and humbly steering them toward freedom isn’t
love at all.

I
guess what I’m saying is Christmas will never leave America. It will be
celebrated by churches and in the homes of Christ followers who can decorate
all they choose (for now). We are to offer the gift of Christmas to everyone
and yet allow him or her the option to opt out. I feel sorry for America
though. It was at one time such a beautiful tradition for us all. We are post
modern now folks and secular, and so now we are to draw inspiration from
holiday tree’s and freezing snow and wind to truly bring us as a nation
together. What a gift we’ve been given huh? P.S. watch Brad co-starring in the
film “Christmas with a capital C” with its world premiere Sun night Dec 5th
on the Gospel Music Channel!

Insincere greetings

posted by Brad Stine

I got
an e-card today from someone who I barely know that said how much I mean to
them (and everyone else they sent this to in a mass e-card “I care about you
blowout”)

You
know around the Christmas season, nothing warms my heart and says, “I’m lazy
and insincere” like an e-card.

Before
there was the convenience of faking “I’m thinking of you” by the use of the electronic,
impersonal, and insincere e-card there was the Hallmark card. Hallmark cards
usually came from people you actually knew who more than likely actually DO
care for you.

What
we have forgotten in society was the Hallmark card was the beginning of ‘I’m
too busy to write my own words but maybe this will make up for it” lazy man’s
way to connect during special holiday/birthday times.

You
see my friends there was a time around Christmas, birthdays, Thanksgiving et al
when people actually took the time and intellectual/emotionally driven effort,
to get out a quill and a bottle of handmade ink and contemplate a personal
greeting that was then sent to the loved one or friend.

It
often included not only a personal reflection but also maybe a line from a poem
or a Bible verse. Sometimes rose pedals were sprinkled in the envelope if it
was a love letter, or even a ribbon or a lock of hair.

People
were much more articulate of course because they didn’t have the option of the
internet providing a “humorous” clip from someone getting stuck on the toilet,
or a “funny” cartoon of Osama Bin Laden you pass along to prove you were
thinking of them.

So
this Christmas season you may want to contemplate writing a personal note to
your loved ones that actually come from your hand and your heart. Not only will
it be received as special from the receiver but it will also weed out for who
you wouldn’t spend the time and energy actually crafting an personal note.

Maybe
they never really deserved a card all along. Of course if you don’t want to
appear rude, you can always send an e-card.

Let’s get real

posted by Brad Stine

At
the risk of sounding like a heretic, when I talk to people in church I like to
use words that one might actually use in conversation on a regular basis outside of church with actual humans.

 

Is
it too much to ask when I enter a church building I won’t be bombarded by terms
and idioms that are buzz words to let you know you are speaking to a highly
evolved Christian entity, meanwhile a non-believer joining you believes he just
entered a foreign country.

 

I
asked a church member when I saw him the other day how he was doing. Pretty
common inquiry don’t ya think? Normally answered in the real world with deep
philosophical responses like …” OK” or ” Pretty good” or even if they’re particularly
charitable ” fine…and you”?

 

But
this guy didn’t say any of those things; instead he had a response only found
in the rarefied language of the land of Churchianity. He said he was “blessed”.

 

He
said blessed but took umbrage when I started worshipping him. One of the
definitions for blessed is  “worthy
of adoration, reverence or worship “. You would think if he admitted he was
adorable he wouldn’t mind being adored.

Apparently
his “blessed” was of the other definition meaning ” divinely or supremely
favored”, this I found problematic because the dude is bald.

 

I
always figured if God found me specifically favored he would allow me to keep
my hair thus making it easier for mere mortals not to laugh when they looked at
me, as well as confirming my “blessed-ness“.

 

 By the way, I have no problem responding
positively about where you are in your life based on the very Christian idea
that we are to be content in all things. But the Bible also say’s we can’t lie
and I’m sorry oh great man of faith but sometimes…life sucks!

 

If
you believe it is more Christian not to admit that, do yourself a favor and
don’t read Psalms. It is filled with an obviously unspiritual, despised by God,
David saying things like ” Well my enemies are eating well, are happy, and
trying to kill me.”

 

I
on the other hand as a committed follower of yours am trapped in a cave eating
roots. Thanks Lord…just what I prayed for! Let me guess, next I get to start
going bald? Yippee, look everyone….I’M BLESSED!

Just
be happy you don’t live in the first church. Lying meant not only will people
find out…God is going to KILL you.

Boy
if that doesn’t force you to be a little more committed to your faith I don’t
know what will and some think tithing is asking too much.

 

Listen
maybe you are blessed, but ALL THE TIME? Just once I would like to hear a
little more transparency amongst the tribe. Something like ” Yeah I’m ok except
for the hemorrhoids acting up” or  “I’m
good but my wife is driving me crazy!”

 

To
me the power of my faith comes not from ignoring the pain of life but realizing
that that goes with the deal and
enduring the difficulty with hope is a greater witness then disguising the
issue outright.

A
forthright Christian is balanced and more importantly….human.

 

 Anyways..I hope that blesses youJ

 

Don’t try this at home!

posted by Brad Stine

Every good
show on T.V. warns the viewers that the amazing, unpredictable, exciting and
dangerous thing they are about to do should never be attempted by the rest of
us. These are trained professionals. There is though one major flaw in their
reasoning. The reason why these guys got good at what they’ re demo-ing, is
only BECAUSE THEY TRIED IT AT HOME!

 

If you never
try it at home you never get good enough to demonstrate your skill in front of
others. Those same “others” that you warn “don’t try this at home”. How come
only the people having fun by trying it at home get to try it at home; only so
they get the privilege of telling us not
too?

 

I recognize
that some things we are warned not to try at home are stupid things that get
the guy hurt and we laugh at them for being so stupid, but don’t we as
Americans have the right to do stupid stuff? The truth is we are allowed to do stupid stuff it’s just
what stupid stuff does the culture
or laws allow?

 

We cant jump
off the roof of our local community swimming pool on a skateboard holding an
umbrella BUT we can go to a nightclub, get drunk, make a pass at someone we
don’t know, assess our own ability to get behind the wheel of a car and then
drive home. We are allowed to try that at “home”, somehow we are relying on
your personal responsibility to guide you

 

We’ve all
run red lights. It’s only the people that run red lights, hit some innocent
other car, injure them, that we as a community scream and wrench our hands,
“Off with their heads!” One of the best lines I ever heard from a pastor was
from the late Ed Cole. Author of the book ” Maximized Manhood” who said, ” We
tend to judge others by what they do, but we judge ourselves by our
intentions”.

 

The truth of
the matter is most of the stuff we aren’t encouraged to try at home is done by
men. Adolescent men specifically, but men in general. Usually it amounts to
something dangerous that will hurt or, at least, could. To women it is idiocy,
to men; it is a right of passage.

 

Men grow up
hearing their mom constantly utilize the mom-invented phrase, “you’re going to
get hurt”. The truth is men don’t care. The fact we are interested in this
challenge is that the possibility is very real we are going to get hurt. That’s
the intrigue. Men like to challenge pain. Men are inspired by the possibility
that they are going to pay for this endeavor.

 

When it comes
to pain talk you will always have women interject how they have babies so only they know pain. The reason women have
babies isn’t because they are more noble, it’s because GOD SAID SO! By the way,
the pain came as punishment for failure to follow Gods instructions.

 

 

Men would
have babies if that were the only alternative. Men are the ones who have always
fought in war to make the world a safe place for women to have babies. Men are
the one getting killed and captured and tortured for their commitment to their
cause.

 

Anyone want
to argue the pain involved in POW torture is less than giving birth? Not to
mention they were often left in these horrific conditions for days, weeks, and
years. At least at the end of labor you get the miraculous result of another
human. Men’s labor pain, (based on Genesis) is never ending and produces the
results of having to do it again tomorrow. (I always look for ways to lift up
my gender whenever possible, Lord knows the culture doesn’t.)

 

Our result
is giving birth to dreams, nations, culture, ideas, discoveries, and hope. So I
for one demand we go back to the old days where we were encouraged to try it at
home. Hey the worse that could happen is you cause the toilet to explode and
end up covered in excrement. The best that could happen is some other guy had
the for-sight to film your experiment and you become a you-tube legend.

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