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Good News in California: Nativity Scene Restored in Sacramento

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I received this email last week  from the California Family Council.

The foretelling witness was too much to ignore.

After four decades of exile, the Nativity scene returned to the California State Capital. Visitors could see the birth of Jesus celebrated once again.

Here is the full text of that email (Text in bold italics):

I’m excited to report that we have some good news coming out of Sacramento for a change!

This Christmas season, after a 42-year ban, California’s Capitol once again features a Nativity scene depicting the birth of Jesus Christ the Messiah.

In Biblical numeracy, “42” speaks of the anti-Christ. Consider the 42 boys who taunted Elisha, the prophet who succeeded Elijah, who has received a double-portion of God’s spirit.

The Capitol has hosted a Christmas tree for over 80 years, and a menorah for nearly two decades. But in 1974, The Golden State decided there was “no room” for Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, claiming the display violated the “separation of church and state.”

Before the state, there was the church. Before the church, there was the family.

God sets up governments, and God can take them down. The can not force a denomination of beliefs on anyone. But no one should argue that the United States Constitution demands a “wall of separation.” There is no evidence to support that anti-clerical, secular argument.

Thankfully, that all changed this year! As the Sacramento Bee reported, “the traditional depiction of newborn Jesus in the manger will be displayed on the North Steps through December 26.” 

My team and I are encouraged to see California join other states in religiously-themed displays to celebrate Christmas. Our First Amendment right to free exercise of religion is the most fundamental right guaranteed by our Constitution. And although this right has been under heavy attack in recent years, there are signs of hope!

Indeed, hope is springing forth again. Anti-religious bigots attempted to shut down Christian colleges throughout the state. Anti-life forces have militantly attempted to expand the scope and opportunity for abortion services. Yet slowly but surely, the Body of Christ is waking up.

California Family Council is excited to stand for Life, Family, and Religious Liberty in Sacramento and across the state. 2017 will bring more challenges, to be sure, but we are honored to be your voice inside the Capitol.

From all of us at CFC, thank you for your prayers and generous financial support of our ministry. God bless, and Merry Christmas!

Reflection

There is hope, even in the darkest capitol (and capital) in the darkness, most overwhelmingly secular state in the Union.

Is it not true, that Jesus came to an entire known world that was overcome with darkness and fear?

There was destruction, discouragement, and domination.

Imagine being “a chosen people”, yet living under the lash of the most unjust and insufferable government cult. Such described the experience of the Israelites in Judea. Such a scene certainly describes California residents, believers in Christ who have witnessed unprecedented assaults against our faith and conscience

And yet 2,000 years ago…. Jesus, the Savior of the World, shined out in a little manger.

Today, He can shine forth in those who trust Him.

Grace and Truth which came to the whole world in Jesus, the only baby born to die, the only baby born King, and who would reign forever, even though initially rejected by the first people He came to save–Jesus God With Us arrived.

Today, even in dark Sacramento, in darkened California which has lost its luster, the Savior is recognized once again.

Let us open our eyes in the coming year to see that He who has been from the beginning (1 John 2:13) is with us and that no power can prevail against us (Romans 8:31).

Let us not forget Isaiah’s prophecy of full protection, which follows the account of His death for our sins:

“In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.

“Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.

“Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.

“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.” (Isaiah 54: 14-17)

The restoration of reverence for Christ Jesus and His Grace and Truth is upon us in the year to come.

No  matter how dark the world may be outside of us, let us never forget that we are in Christ–who believe on Him–and that Christ now lives in us!

18But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” (Proverbs 4: 18)

Jesus did not come to a perfect world, but to a fallen one. None of us should fear that His light cannot shine forth and enlighten any darkened reaches in our world today.

In the year 2017, let us see Jesus and rest in the knowledge that His grace and truth endures forever.

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