Today’s very timely letter-to-the-editor (it’s actually a guest column) appears in the Spencer Daily Reporter of Spencer, Iowa. It’s titled Pastor’s Column, and the newspaper doesn’t seem to have a comments feature.
Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we’ve got a preacher. It’s Rev. Tracy Baugh, of something called Calvary Chapel New Life, Spencer, but we can’t find a website for them. We’ll give you a few excerpts from the rev’s letter (or column), enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
If there is one day of the year that the world stops to observe, it has to be Dec. 25. On that day most businesses shut down; most people find themselves at home. Even those required to work roam home, because “home” doesn’t necessarily mean a place with a roof and four walls, but rather a place where our thoughts follow our heart and our heart is with those we love — those we care about — whether family or friends. On this day our thoughts revolve around “on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” It is a day when we think of those we love and want to give them presents. But, as most of us would agree — especially as we get older, it’s not about gifts; it’s about presence — being with those we love. And if we can’t be with them in person, we gather near to them in our thoughts. We call this singular day: Christmas.
That’s very nice. Now here comes the good stuff:
Unfortunately, many have tried to remove “Christ” from “Christmas.” They have, with great success, replaced “Christmas” with “holiday,” and exchanged “Christ” with an “X” (X-mas). They want to remove anything and everything from the public eye that would give credence to God. They want to remove manger scenes, remove crosses, remove God, Jesus and Christ from our Christmas, oops, holiday.
Yes, it’s terrible. And it gets worse:
They want to remove God from the creation of all that exists, including humanity. They have come up with big-bang and evolutionary theories that are taught as “facts” of science, even though very little of these theories can be proven or reproduced.
The rev is right! We can’t re-create the universe, and we can’t re-create the Earth’s biosphere. It’s all unproven! After that he tells us:
It takes more faith to believe their ideas of an existence without God than to believe in God and that all things were created and exist through him.
It’s a simple calculation of choosing the story that requires the least faith.
That’s less than half of the rev’s column. The rest is bible stuff, and his defense of the events described in the New Testament. Click over there and read that, if you like, but we’ll stop here. Great letter, Rev!
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