15 December, 2005

See If You Know This Song

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

Give up?
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!


Libby said...

Amen!!! Reading the words the school district wrote, I wouldn't want my kids to sing that anyway. "How I wish I were happy and warm. Safe with my family out of the storm!" I know we need to be aware of the less fortunate, but this doesn't sound like a very cheery "Holiday" song to me!!

I'm proud of those kids and their parents for standing up for what is right.

Sean McKee said...

Am I mis-informed or did the Galesburg school district 'outlaw' saying Merry Christmas?

Darrell said...

I have not heard that Sean. I just listened to the Churchill choir sing at the mall and they sang some very religious songs, so I doubt that is true.

Amy said...

As I was reading this , I was my heart was sadend, but it also made me realize that we ,as christians have let the enemy blind us , not only to the things going on around us , but spiritualy,we have gotten so comfortable in our own little zones that we are afraid to step out. Some dont even worship or praise him like like should, WHY???
I dont understand, HES GOD, HES JESUS , I want to praise him every chance i can . God has also put a zeal within my spirit to GO out anywhere I can to tell people about him , and also to speak his word to them, I dont understand why ALL christians dont feel the same. Your right we the church(HIS BODY) need to slap ourselves and wake ourselves up & fight for our rights , and for our Father.


Sean McKee said...

We don't praise Him because we are not in awe of Him anymore. We are self sufficient, we do not need him anymore.

"...I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing..."

But what does God think...

"... and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:..."

and what does he say to do...

"I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see."
Rev 3:17-18

We have taken our forgiveness from God without repenting. We are not thankful so why should we praise Him?

"What have you done for me lately, God?"

Ray Comfort says in best:

Perhaps much of the Church needs to consider dropping "Onward Christian Soldiers" and replacing it with something more appropriate:

Backward Christian soldiers, fleeing from the fight
With the Cross of Jesus nearly out of sight.
Christ our rightful master, stands against the foe
But forward into battle, we are loathe to go.
Like a might tortoise moves the Church of God
Brothers we are treading where we've always trod.
We are much divided, many bodies we
Having many doctrines, not much charity.
Crowns and thorns may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,
But the Church of Jesus hidden does remain.
Gates of Hell should never 'gainst the Church prevail
We have Christ's own promise, but think that it will fail.
Sit here then ye people, join our useless throng
Blend with ours your voices in a feeble song
Blessings, ease and comfort, ask from Christ the King
With our modern thinking, we don't do a thing.


We need any encounter with God like Isaiah had:

In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, [is] the LORD of hosts: the whole earth [is] full of his glory.
And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
Then said I, Woe [is] me! for I am undone; because I [am] a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, [which] he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
And he laid [it] upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here [am] I; send me.
Isa 6:1-8

When we fear God more than man, we will step out of our comfort zone.

Anonymous said...

It has also bothered me greatly... along similar lines to just letting stuff like this happen, is what Christians are ok with. I know ministers and their families who are OK with their children reading and watching Harry Potter. It has been argued that it's only fiction, a fantasy story. If we are to be Christ like.. I can't possibly imagine Jesus being entertained by such things... and I can't imagine him stepping aside while things like this changing of the lyrics go on either.

nsh17 said...

At Thu Dec 15, 11:15:19 AM, Darrell said...
"I have not heard that Sean. I just listened to the Churchill choir sing at the mall and they sang some very religious songs, so I doubt that is true"
I went to churchill jr high and I was in Choir for the 3 years. I dont think the teacher(Ms.Helle) will ever ever ever cut out God or Jesus or anything that would relate to him from any of the songs. She said "They can fire me." I loved her so much :):)

Anyway, it's pretty sad that schools take Gods name or anything that refrances to Christianity out. Just because they think its making everyone equal. When actually its not,its shunning out the Christians belifes.