Please enjoy the holidays and let’s remember to pray for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all people from the womb to the tomb as we celebrate Christmas and look forward to a Happy and Prosperous New Year!
“For God so loved the world that he sent his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
Front Left To Right: Alveda King (Director of Civil Rights for the Unborn), Dean Nelson (Board Chair of the Douglass Institute) and Day Gardner (President of the National Pro-Life Union). Back: Rev. Walter Hoye III (Founder of Issues4Life)
Friends, just after Thanksgiving, my good friend Dr. Day Gardner called me and said: “We need to say Merry Christmas again.” I totally agreed.
We quickly called our partners in Christ Rev. Dean Nelson and Rev. Walter Hoye to get the ball rolling and Christmas Bells ringing. The Movement has legs now.
LET’S SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS AGAIN!
Together we, Day, Alveda, Dean and Walter are promoting the letter Walter has written below to Pastors. Join us as we celebrate Christmas by signing on sharing the letter far and wide.
Dear Pastors, community leaders and all believers …
Brothers and Sisters, Merry Christmas in the mighty and matchless name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, let us remember the reason Christ was born and the price He paid for the sins of the world as the Holy and Spotless “Lamb of God” slain before the foundation of the world. Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary, lived and died that the world would have a second chance at eternal life in Heaven.
Lifting up the name of Jesus in the public square, especially this time of year has and is the practice of billions around the world. December 25th (“Christmas Day”) has been a federal holiday in the United States of America since June 28th, 1870, when Congress created the original four holidays (“New Years Day”, “Independence Day”, “Thanksgiving Day” and “Merry Christmas.” Indeed, celebrating “Christmas”, the birth of Christ, is as American as it gets.
As Christians let us reject the trend to substitute “Happy Holidays” for “Merry Christmas”.
As Christians let us remember the admonition of Christ Himself in Luke 9:26 and boldly proclaim “Christ is the reason for season” by saying “Merry Christmas” as we consecrate His holy and miraculous birth in the language of our everyday lives.
Is saying “Merry Christmas” demanding that non-Christians convert to Christianity?
No! Of course not.
Just as someone in the Jewish faith who says “Happy Hanukkah” isn’t demanding that Christians or non-Christians convert to Judaism, neither are Christians who say “Merry Christmas” demanding that non-Christians convert to Christianity.
When we Christians greet the world with “Merry Christmas” we are openly expressing to the world that we believe in Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior. Not only is the public expression of our faith in Christ encouraged in the Bible, it is one of the fundamental freedoms we have and enjoy as Americans.
So let us reject the trend to say “Happy Holidays” or any other substitution for “Merry Christmas” and both faithfully and fearlessly say “Merry Christmas”.
“Pray for kings and all who are in authority [high positions], that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” 1 Timothy 2:2
Just a week away from Christmas, on December 17, 2015 in the “wee hours of the morning,” what Jesus described in Mark 1:35 as “a great while before day,” I had a dream. The Williams-King Family Legacy births “dreamers” in every generation. MLK is the most famous member of our legacy. Yet, for example, Daddy King’s prophetic dreams, one of which included seeing me three years before my conception in 1950, saved and redirected many lives during his lifetime.
In 2007 for instance, I had a dream of Senator Barack Hussein Obama, which led me to understand that he would become President of the United States. Well, on December 17, 2015 I dreamed again of the President. The audio of the dream is a “rough draft” coming awake from sleep.
What is resonating from this dream is the reality that America must turn away from “king making”, and president making, and politician making practices, and ask God to heal and save our land. In the “new” dream about the President, my broken heart needed mending. Why I was in a place where Mr. Obama was part of this dream, God only knows. “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32. Remember, expressing love for one another and having good manners will take you far.
Think about it. Just looking at the Republican Presidential Election field, there are several leaders who have offered themselves as candidates. Among themselves, like anyone, they each have strengths and weaknesses. What is needed as people consider voting for them, is regardless of whichever ranks as a favorite, voters need to understand that destroying the reputation of one in order to promote the chances of another is a nasty, worldly way of thinking. We can have our “favorites” and vote for them. Yet we should be mindful to remain positive about others, just in case our chosen candidates don’t win. In the battle over ideology, we should be prepared to support our values over our favorite personalities. This isn’t a talent show or a beauty contest. There’s so much at stake. Prayer is better than subterfuge.
Please let me share a prayer with you right now: “Heavenly Father, bless every soul who sees, reads, hears or otherwise touches this message today. During this Christmas season, let not one feel lonely. If there is a celebration with friends and family; or a little corner of their world with just them and You, let Your Love always prevail against the gates of hell for them. Thank You for Your love towards us, Your Creation. In Jesus Name, Amen.