Those who have a few years under their belt have lived long enough to see things that have shocked them; and they never thought possible.
Never in a million years did people born during the “Greatest Generation,” ever think they would live long enough in America to see Christmas banned while other religions are being promoted by their government. Many older citizens who grew up in and around Atlanta grew up with a strong faith in God, His Son, and Christmas had a stronger emphasis on their faith than on the toys under the tree.
Over the past decade, Christmas has been turned in to simply, “The Holidays” because retailers wanted to reach out for their bottom line for all religions commemorating their own faith, be it Hanukkah, or Ramadan, or Kwanza, but in so doing they minimized the celebration of centuries old Christmas which was to honor the birth of the Christ Child. The very name of the holiday has been attacked.
The bottom line of this is that many Christians did not speak out and simply felt there was nothing else could be done. But with the advent of the Tea Party, it is quite obvious what these white haired men and women can accomplish when they come together for a common cause. Many of them lived through the depression and many World Wars; and now they are going through another kind of war – an anti-cultural-Christian war.
In 1741 George Frideric Handel composed one of the world’s most magnificent pieces of music to honor the life of Christ and today, two hundred and sixty-nine years later, it is still breathtakingly beautiful as seen in this video. But what is also seen here is the response to those who were shopping in the mall. This was first performed in 1742 in Dublin, Ireland.
While any time (or recognition given to Christians), the same time and recognition has to be given to other religions. But the reverse is not true.
Today, people are once again speaking up and out for their Christian faith. This video shows the response to the Philadelphia Opera Company when they recently played Handel’s Messiah and had many choirs from local churches engage in singing of the words.
At the end, they held up signs that said they had just experienced a ‘Random Act of Culture.’ That would indicate that there will be more to come in performances highlighting other cultures and religions.
In America, we are so very diverse – from the very religious to those who fight against everything connected to religion; and then there are those who do not consider themselves a religion; but a faith.
The Christian faith is also very diverse in the race, creed, national origin, and practice of peoples who believe in the birth, death, and resurrection of Christ; and that Christmas, no matter what others may say, is a time of remembering that “Jesus is the reason for the season.”
There is no one who would deny others their right to worship who, what, and when as long as it was legal and moral; but why should there be those who would deny Christians the rights given to them by God?
There will always be scoffers, and naysayers, and anti-Christian groups; but they will never ever be able to get rid of the Creator of the universe, the Lord and Savior of millions, and the practice of celebrating the birth of His Son, Jesus, on this earth.
Story behind Handel’s Messiah: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messiah_(Handel) Did you realize that this was composed in 1741 – been around a long time,
While most people recognize the Hallelujah chorus and can even sing part of it along with the music, the whole composition was in three parts. As listed in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messiah_(Handel)
Part I: The Annunciation
Scene 1: The prophecy of Salvation
Scene 2: The prophecy of the coming of the Messiah
Scene 3: Portents to the world at large
Scene 4: Prophecy of the Virgin Birth
Scene 5: The appearance of the Angel to the shepherds
Scene 6: Christ’s miracles
Part II: The Passion
Scene 1: The sacrifice, the scourging and agony on the cross
Scene 2: His death, His passing through Hell, and His Resurrection
Scene 3: His Ascension
Scene 4: God discloses His identity in Heaven
Scene 5: The beginning of evangelism
Scene 6: The world and its rulers reject the Gospel
Scene 7: God’s triumph
Part III: The Aftermath
Scene 1: The promise of redemption from Adam’s fall
Scene 2: Judgment Day
Scene 3: The victory over death and sin
Scene 4: The glorification of Christ
You may also wish to follow this link for the performance to be given in Peterborough, Ontario which gives a lot more information about Handel and his masterpiece. http://www.peterboroughsingers.com/article2_09.htm