It wouldn't be Christmas without Satan
Updated: Dec 5, 2018
This time every year, small towns, villages and cities across the country confront the antagonism of those who don’t believe in God and the divinity of Jesus Christ. Under the guise of Satanic “worship”, these antagonists endeavor to erect satanic symbols in the public square and threaten litigation against those who resist them. While we all understand that satanic symbols are not an expression of 'beliefs' ... and consequently don't qualify as an exercise of his First Amendment right to the practice of a chosen 'religion' … municipal leaders and Christians alike fearfully crumble in fits of anger and despair while they might instead consider litigating the question as to whether they are bound to provide messaging space for those not practicing an alternate religion … but simply expressing disdain for and/or refuting the religious expression of others. But, more importantly, we miss the opportunity and the “call” as Christians to use the juxtaposition of the symbols to explain the real meaning of Christmas.
While I certainly agree that the antagonism is not ideal … I can’t and won’t say that it is inappropriate, unrelated or offensive. To diminish the existence of evil diminishes the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As Christians, we know and understand that God clothed himself in human flesh to overcome the sin and death offered by Satan. (Matthew 12:24; 13:19; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2). Satan. Ruler of this world, (John 12:31, 14:30 and 16:11), whose head is crushed by His heal, (Genesis 3:15; Romans 16:20; Hebrews 2:14; Colossians 2:14-15), and who is powerless to separate us from the love of God in Christ. (Romans 8:37-39). These displays are important … albeit jarring … reminders that Satan ‘prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour’. (1 Peter 5:8). Understand … Satan's greatest accomplishment is convincing people that he doesn't actually exist. While Satanic displays may be an uncomfortable reminder that he does exist ... it presents us all with an opportunity to discuss and encourage others to consider the power and salvation found in the gospel. For it is by the shedding of Christ's blood that sin and death are overcome … and the belief in it that brings everlasting life ... and that it is by our lips that everyone should hear the good news. (Matthew 28:16-20).
Remember, brothers and sisters, Christmas is a celebration of the birth of our Savior and Warrior King. Fear not ... and remember that you are the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ and that you have power over the Enemy because of the baby in that manger. (Luke 10:19). I guess you could say that it wouldn’t be Christmas without Satan.