See if you recognize what song this is from:
Cold in the night, no one in sight
Winter winds whirl and bite
How I wish I were happy and warm
Safe with my family out of the storm
Why, that's the new words to Silent Night.
Seems that the administration at Ridgeway Elementary school in Dodgeville, Wisconsin thought that the traditional words to this beloved Christmas carol were just to prejudicial and inflammatory to allow the kids choir to sing at the school "Holiday Pageant", so they came up with their own words to sanitize and secularize the tune.
I am happy to report that the kids were upset and refused to sing the song, and when the school tried to play rough, the parents filed a lawsuit against the school and the song was put back in the program with its original lyrics.
The kids may have won this round, but it is time for us to wake up and smell the coffee. Christianity is under attack in America!
Want to hear how silly this can get? Last year in Plano, Texas a school was having a "Holiday Party" and they banned the colors red and green.
They sent a note home with the kids that said white only for the plates and napkins and stuff because this is a holiday party. They were making it clear it was not a Christmas party. The ban on red and green extended to the icing on the cupcakes.
Make no mistake about it… this is not just about if someone says, “Merry Christmas” or not, this is the sign of things to come. Christianity and our Christian value system are under an assault here in America.
One thing that causes me shake my head in disbelief is how that most Christians do not see this happening.
We have a guy trying to remove the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, and now trying to remove the words, “In God we Trust” from our currency.
We have laws being passed that try to limit what a preacher can say from his pulpit, or he will be arrested and charged with a hate crime. I could list things all day… but the point is, while this is happening, most Christians are blind or oblivious to what is happening around them.
There are other religious groups that are more interested in this that we, as Christians are!
Just this morning I have heard of two Jewish groups that are mounting a counter assault in defense of the Christian values. Yes, you read that right. The Jewish folks are fighting to help safeguard our rights as Christians. I listened to a Jewish man this morning as he talked about his groups fight to preserve the rights of Christians and Christian values in this nation.
The person doing the interview said, “Well, I guess you figure when they take down the Christians, the Jews might be next. Right?”
The man said that while you could make that argument, but it is much more than that. He quoted a Jewish rabbi as saying that “The Bible Belt is actually the safety belt for America.” He said that when you strip away Judeo-Christian values from the nation, we are doomed as a people.
There is a war that it raging in America and it grows stronger all the time. There are those who want all Christians silenced. They want every trace and smattering of Christianity abolished. We in the church sit on our padded pews and think it cannot happen if we ignore it.
Try telling this to the people of Germany or Russia, or countless other countries where Christianity was declared illegal.
Wake up church! We are under attack!