AC DC? No, BC AD! It’s Christmas Day!

Are we discussing a rock band, two forms of electric current, or the dating system of the Western world?  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” (Is. 9: 6-7).

I cribbed the following two paragraphs from  

Douglas Wilson is far more eloquent than I, so here goes:

“There are many things to note in this glorious text, and it is right that we are reminded of them on many Christmas cards. The message of Christmas is politically incendiary, when you think about it, and it is not for nothing that secularists are trying hard to get us to forget Jesus with their new dating system of C.E. (Common Era) and B.C.E. (Before Common Era), and seasonal conifers instead of Christmas trees. Nice try, but we aren’t buying any.

“We were not given a son who aspired to have the government be on His shoulder, and good luck to Him. The result of His coming is promised just as surely as His coming was, and that result was that the “government shall be upon his shoulder.” According to the prophecy, this government will be established in fact (as it was 2,000 years ago), and the growth and increase of that government will necessarily be inexorable. “Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end.” Another way of saying this is that there will be no stopping it. His government will not be manifested all at once because the prophecy describes it as needing to be ordered and established with judgment and justice. That is done gradually. But this necessarily will happen, and we have the assurance that God is zealous to accomplish this.”

One sign of Christmas season is the Salvation Army kettles. Zealous does not seem to describe how that organization relates to Christmas. Do people NOT know that the Salvation Army is a Christian organization? I am particularly distressed whenever a Salvation Army “bell ringer” says “happy holidays” rather than “merry Christmas” or “happy Christmas.” If that expression, “happy holidays” is merely a sop to unbelievers to avoid offending them by mentioning the word that contains the reason for the “holiday”, Christ, so much the worse for them. If the greeting is left up to each bell ringer, that’s equally sad. On the Salvation Army North Division website, it says “bell ringers are the difference between a full kettle” and has a FAQ about volunteering as such. None of the questions address this issue. This Christmas, I put money in at least six different kettles. Not one volunteer said the word Christmas. Unless that changes, I won’t be contributing to that charity next year.