So, we just finished watching A Charlie Brown Christmas. This is a staple for us here in our house; we have been watching it for 40 years. Today marks the 50th anniversary of this wonderfully crafted Christmas story. However, I was outside for a few minutes and missed my favorite scene, Linus reciting the Gospel of Luke. I was so upset I had to go and look it up on YouTube so I could see it. After watching and listening for a minute I decided to read the viewer comments to the YouTube post...I was a little appalled at the comments. There were of course, Christians commenting on the scripture. They were commenting that the point of the message was the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Then there were the non-believers commenting that the point of the message was that there should be Peace on Earth and Good Will toward Men…I found it interesting that President Obama falls into this latter group. His televised words during the 50th anniversary special that was aired directly prior to the Charlie Brown Christmas showed this directly, almost word for word. What I find interesting is that Linus is reading from God’s Word and all our President and many other people can get out of the message isn’t even the basis of the Gospel that Linus us quoting.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
The passage clearly talks about the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, even the quote that our President used from verse 14 is prefaced by the phrase “Glory to God in the highest,” I guess his speech writers figured he would offend too many people if he said the reason for the message was to Glorify God, or that we celebrate the birth of our Saviour. Or maybe he told his speech writers not to include it on purpose. Either way I will pray for him, and for everyone who has yet to accept their salvation through Christ’s sacrifice at Calvary.
We base our farm decisions on scripture. We follow the teachings of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that the King James Bible is THE Bible. We don’t need new translations to omit God’s word because it chastens us, challenges us, or points out our sin. We need these things to drive ourselves to always strive towards Gods ultimate purpose for our lives. We feel that we have been called to heal God’s people, all people. Through God’s grace we will continue to strive for the unattainable, and be content with the Blessings God chooses to send to us and our families. We love you and pray for your safety, salvation, and renewed hope during this Christmas Season.
P.S. I saw a sign that said ‘Trees for Sale…Christmas Trees $20, Holiday Trees $40'.
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