In The News During your Christmas preparations you may have noticed the news from Boca Raton, Florida where Preston Smith, a middle school teacher and avowed atheist, received a city permit and set up a satanic star (inverted pentagram) at Sanborn Square on December 7th only 20 yards from the traditional Christmas Nativity scene in protest. A sign above the pentagram read, “In Satan we trust”, “One Nation Under Anti-Christ” and “May the Children Hail Satan,” These messages were quickly vandalized with a can of spray paint and multiple acts of vandalism and protests followed. The mayor of the city also expressed dislike for the display but allowed the permit because of first amendment rights. The battle raged on for weeks making national headlines and eventually concluded with one final act of vandalism where the star was tied to a truck and dragged to its destruction. A report was made to the Boca Raton Police Department and a $2,000. reward was issued for information leading to the arrest of the vandal.
I was a bit puzzled by the hoopla over the whole thing. Why are Christians so shocked that Satan’s followers would be so against Christmas or Christ for that matter?. A simple sign of Biblical explanation is all that was needed near the Nativity to explain that “eve” or darkness is always a step away from light. Not 20 yards , but only 20 inches…from the brain to the heart.
Knowledge Vs. Faith 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 It is “knowledge” that a Satanist (or atheist) claims is superior to faith and belief in Christ. It is also the promise of knowledge that led Eve and then Adam to sin against God in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3). The Apostle Paul expressed his concern on this matter when he addressed his church in Corinth:
”But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ”. 2 Corinthians 11:3
This remains the chief concern of Christ for His church today. Will you choose to be enamored and deceived by your own intellect and the dark knowledge of man or will you choose faith in Christ and the light of the true knowledge that only He can bring? The gospel is veiled (covered up) only to those who are perishing and the God of this world (Satan) is blinding them with the deception of his worldly darkness (1 John 2:16).
Darkness and Light Ephesians 6:11-12, John 8:43-45, John 10:7-10, Revelation 3:19-21 As recorded in the Bible, Jesus consistently refers to Satan as being the ruler of darkness, deception and lies (Ephesians 6:11-12) and who masquerades as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). He also calls Satan’s followers out with the truth no matter how good they may appear on the outside. “You belong to your father, the Devil”, he told the Jewish religious leaders (John 8:44a) . It should be no surprise to any Christian that the Devil and his followers would hate Christ and seek to blaspheme him and persecute his followers. Jesus himself declared that he alone was the only way, truth and life and that none could come to the one true God without him.(John 14:6). Jesus also declared that he is the door (or the gate) for those sheep (people) who will follow his voice (John 10:7-10) and be saved from their sins. He has come to give us life abundantly! He stands at the door of our heart (we must believe on faith) and not our intellect. Without faith in Christ we are left to the darkness of our own reasoning where eve will come at death and light will never shine again. Without Christ we are left veiled in Satan’s blinding spiritual darkness and will perish along with “our father”, the Devil. (note: we do not belong to God without accepting Christ)
The Devil hates Christmas, Christ and Christians…and he abhors Easter Sunday! Christmas is God’s gift of a Savior to all who believe, Christ is that one and only Savior, Christians are those who follow Him in faith and Easter is the resurrected proof that Jesus is victorious over the Devil. This same Jesus stands at the door of our beating heart and calls us to faith. Have you opened the door and let His light shine in?
Light of the World John 8:12, Matthew 5:14-16 While Jesus was on this earth he said that he was the light of the world and that whoever walked with him would never walk in darkness but have the light of life. On another occasion Jesus called his followers the light of the world. We are those who do not walk in darkness and now have the light of Christ. We are therefore called out to shine into this dark world with our faith in Jesus Christ. Be not surprised at the darkness about you… light it up with the hope of Christ!