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Danger in the Manger

It’s that time of year again. As Christmas lights go up and nativity scenes are brought out of the sheds, court cases are filed. Atheists and agnostics lawyer-up in their attempt to keep recognition of the nativity out of the public square. In fact, some groups have gone as far as to create parody nativities that mock the Christmas story. They expend time, effort and money to dismantle Christmas celebrations and ridicule those who enjoy them.

What’s going on here? Are they really threatened by a scene of some animals and a young family? Why is ridding the holidays of this dangerous tableau their goal? What word best describes their actions?

Taken as a whole – fear. Listen to them. Forget legal or illegal, forget our Constitution and our Founding Fathers. Stop debating for a moment and look at what they are willing to do to get away from the baby in the manger. This isn’t an academic argument, it’s a passionate reaction against a message they find extremely threatening. But why does the celebration of an ancient holiday elicit such a strong response?

Because they recognize something that we’ve forgotten. Christianity is threatening. We should be grateful to the protesters for reminding us that Baby Jesus stands for something more than presents, a tree and eggnog. He was… He is… offensive.

Christ told the world that we have each been evaluated and have each been found lacking. Our best acts, our best intentions are not enough to please a Holy, All-Powerful God. Is it any wonder that this message is rejected by a society obsessed with justifying their actions – a society in which “sin” is the only offensive word left in the lexicon?

And while Jesus offered the only way to be reconciled to God, it wasn’t without cost. To follow Christ we must give up our freedom and rights. We are wholly dependent on His work and His mercy. How does that assertion match with the latest self-help book?

While defending Christianity’s place in American culture, Christians shouldn’t forget Christ’s true message. We sing about the baby in the manger and wonder when the world protests, but we shouldn’t be surprised. When that baby grew up He reminded people that they were sinners – even the religious leaders. He taught that He alone could offer forgiveness and it so outraged them that they sought His life.

His message directly opposes human instinct and worldly desires…and two millennia later His message hasn’t changed.


  1. Yes! Yes! Yes!

  2. It’s refreshing to hear the truth. Thank you. 🙂

  3. Love this post, Regina!!

  4. Awesome post and amen! Thank you for writing this. Brilliant insight!

  5. AMEN!!!!!

  6. Well said, Regina. Jesus had a revolutionary message and it would do us good to remember that at Christmas and every day.

  7. Wow, what a great post! This really puts the truth out there. I’m going to tweet this – several times!

  8. Great (and refreshing) post, Regina! I work on a college campus, and I kid you not….the last few days a bunch of folks have objected to putting up a Christmas tree. The reason? Even though we put up displays to honor Hanukkah and Kwanza…. this year we missed the celebration for Eid and Diwali. Eid and Diwali? Really? Welcome to the joys of working on a college campus. Luckily cooler heads prevailed and our Christmas tree in all its secular glory was put up. I can just imagine the shudders of horror if we ever had a nativity scene! Anyway….thanks for the post!

  9. I completely and utterly disagree! This is about separation of church and state–something that as a Christian, I’m adamantly for. This is even repeated in the canonical gospels. Let the nativity scenes be on private property but I will fight with the atheists to remove nativity scenes and crosses off of public property.

  10. Good reminders! My city (in Canada) has just been wrestling with whether or not the digital signs on the city buses can say “merry Christmas”. So far, they are being allowed to do this but for how long? We’re really in a spiritual battle aren’t we!

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