‘The Advent Of Controversy’


by Jerry Newcombe

Another Christmas season begins. Get ready to read the headlines of the new lawsuits by the “civil libertarians” ready to throw the baby-in-the-manger out with the bathwater. I remember years ago when somebody called the Christmas season, “The Advent of Controversy.”

Why is Christmas such a big deal? Let’s put it this way—why do groups like the ACLU, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Americans United for Separation of Church and State invest time, money, and energy to fight any vestige of religious meaning to the holiday?

I remember what Christian commentator Janice Crouse, formerly with Concerned Women for America, told our listeners when I interviewed her for a TV special hosted by the late Dr. D. James Kennedy. The special was “What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?,” based on our book.

Crouse said, “When you see the atheist attack manger scenes, you might think, ‘This is an innocuous kind of thing. What do they have against a manger scene for crying out loud?’ It gives you some idea of how powerful Jesus Christ is. If He were not powerful, what would they care?”

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