THE WAY I SEE IT by Don Polson Red Bluff Daily News 12/27/2022
A child is born…a son is given
“And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” A column written on Christmas Day, in the wee hours as the forecast predicts storms approaching, behooves this writer to give deference to both the True Meaning of Christ’s birth, as well as the travails of life for our sometimes cynical, secular, however well-meaning fellow Americans.
When vast majorities tell pollsters that Christmas, or “the holidays,” are over-commercialized, it sends a message: Folks still see a kernel, even a lodestar, of sanctity and reverence in the “reason for the season.” That so many acts and efforts of magnanimity and sharing surround Christmas tells us 1) that the need among those suffering and wanting succor is sadly great; and 2) that the willingness of charitably-inclined people, regardless of religious motivations, testifies to the basic goodness of our nation.
Doubters, agnostics and atheists would benefit greatly—given that the rest of us care little for their self-imposed eternal ignorance—by availing themselves of the many descriptions of “near death experiences.” Books are available if the term is put in a search window, even a Netflix “docu-series”; numerous of those recount the transformational meeting with, or being in the presence of, Jesus Christ.
Heavenly glory, choirs, Godly magnificence and the presence of love beyond description are witnessed. Those who’ve lived lives abusing others are shown, and actually feel, what those they’ve harmed experienced. Souls are shown the lessons they not only could have learned from life’s classroom, but also those they agreed, and wanted, to learn before being born.
When life is recognized as more than just the physical existence between the portals of birth and death, the role of a Savior, a Comforter, a Healer for life’s mistakes and damages makes sublime sense. If it were not such a mortal threat to the forces of evil, even Satan himself, why would demands issue forth that the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ be ignored and the faithful purged here, in China, Iran, and elsewhere.
It seems that the predictable, annual “war on Christmas” continues imposing intolerance, cancellations and censoring of even benign expressions: red and green replaced with blue and silver; remote workers told to have no visible “religious-themed” décor behind them—in their own homes—for virtual meetings; parties “formerly known as” Christmas parties morph into “holiday,” or just annual, gatherings.
“Biden leaves Christ out of Christmas for second consecutive year,” (amac.us) dovetails with the disingenuously-themed “Biden hopes Christmas will ‘drain the poison that has infected our politics’” (Christian Datoc). That from the spite-filled man who demonized the Republican electorate of America as “semi-fascists.”
America is, was and, hopefully, always will be a Judeo-Christian nation, if it wants to receive the blessings of an all-powerful, Supreme God. Who among us will deny the dire circumstances facing our nation? Coincidence? Or predictably disastrous fruits of bad policy, evil motives, sick priorities, or “stinkin’ thinkin’?
A letter written by John Adams sums up today’s problems, and their solutions: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” Some will cite science, climate, unforeseen economic calamity, uncontrollable human nature, or anything else to avoid acknowledging the eternal, historical causes of America’s, even the world’s, woes: Faithlessness but, even more relevant, faith in things that deserve no trust or fealty.
Those would be fallible, morally corrupt leaders; a criminal justice system obsessed with racial “equity” in arrestees over the solemn duty to protect law-abiding civilians; faceless bureaucracies of brute governmental power serving blatantly unconstitutional mandates; scientific pretenders espousing supposed “truths” without allowing free and open peer review and debate, the established practice as long as science existed; hedonistic purveyors of perversion, even upon innocent children placed in their care.
Now we see advocates for shredding the most basic of civilization’s morals, definitions and strictures—that humans are male and female created in the womb, regardless of the fanciful make-believe of some few misguided adults who now expect, even demand, that we praise their “enlightenment.”
Witness the sickening ridicule directed at those who insist that there are baby boys, baby girls, boys and girls in school, young men and young women later on, and unchangeable biological men and women for the rest of their lives—with nothing but medical mutilations, chemical manipulation, and twisted mental/emotional disturbance saying otherwise. The disgusting, abhorrent “grooming” of children to welcome perversion spreads.
“But whoso shall cause one of these little ones who believe in Me to fall into sin, it were better for him that a millstone were hung about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Matthew 18:6, also in Mark and Luke; https://www.biblegateway.com/verse/en/Matthew%2018%3A6)
The ongoing revelations and examination of the role of the FBI in social media manipulation, infiltration, and the “one degree removed” censorship of citizens’ voices on COVID, election integrity and fraudulent practices, and proven corruption of the man occupying the office of the President, Joe Biden via his son’s laptop—these will not be ignored here.
Neither will the character assassination of Donald J. Trump over incontrovertibly phony charges spanning years of anathema-laced persecution, culminating in prevarications and baseless criminal referrals from the Jan. 6 committee, illegal tax return exposures, and the fraudulently-obtained documents from the Mar-a-Lago raid.