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prov·o·ca·tion - something that provokes, arouses, or stimulates. pant - to long eagerly; yearn. a collection of thoughts intended to provoke and inspire. these posts are hoping to encourage people to think, especially Christians, and pant even harder for the waterbrooks of the Lord. If you are not a believer in Christ Jesus, I welcome your perspective and encourage your investigation on these matters.

Friday, December 08, 2006

X-Rated X-Mas: Pornaments and the Gift of Christmas

Catching the news this afternoon, I came across a story that was quite disturbing to me. Spencer Gifts, the store in the mall which caters to the depravity of man, is selling what they call “pornaments.” They are offering 18 different kinds of sexually explicit (X-rated) ornaments depicting reindeer, candy man, snow men, and Mr. and Mrs. North Pole. On the candy man and woman, a caption states,

“His and hers cookie people! What else will they think of next? If you thought ginger was the spiciest thing on the menu this holiday, guess again. These little sexy peeps will raise the cheer of any grumpy queer!”
Some of the stores are showcasing these ornaments on their front window where families and little children pass by in the malls. At this time every year, there is the inevitable “war over Christmas” where secularism is seeking to remove Christ from Christmas. I am not sure where “pornaments” fit in the war on Christmas, but I can tell you that the reason the Son of God clothed himself with humanity was to identify with such sinners and ultimately die for them. Spencer’s has a slogan which pronounces, “Life’s a Party! We’re makin’ it fun!” As Christians, we need to be reminded that “Life Is War,” and we are here to lay down our lives so that those who think life is fun can see the superior pleasures and infinite worth of knowing Jesus Christ. Spencer’s party will soon come to an end, and terror and torment of an everlasting hell awaits those who believe and live as though Christmas is just a gag gift. No, Christmas is about the supreme gift of God’s Son and the free gift of eternal life which comes only through him. When such sinners understand the real meaning of Christmas by knowing and treasuring Jesus Christ, they will come to know that he has given us life abundantly and a party that will last for an eternity. Indeed, the greatest gift ever given will never be found under a tree but on a tree - a tree called Calvary where the curse of sin was embodied (Gal. 3:13) and the justice of God's wrath was appeased and atoned for by the blood of Jesus Christ (Isa. 53:4-6). Let us pray that, during this Christmas season, those who are making pornaments will meet the Maker of heaven and earth, Immanuel, Son of God, Jesus. "He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed." - 1 Peter 2:24 To watch a Christian youth group protest, go here. To read what the news are saying go here.

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