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"You, O LORD, will not withhold Your compassion from me; Your lovingkindness and Your truth will continually preserve me." - Psalm 40:11 This is a sometimes monthly column concerning the truth of Christ Jesus and the issues that face our world as published in various newspapers and journals by Pastor Dave Seaford. You can return to the home page of the church by going to:

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Friday, December 10, 2004

PC Exposed / JC Revealed

Have you noticed how the tides of life change and the political pendulum can swing from one extreme to another? Our preferred emotional and moral living quarters it appears can so easily move from tidal pools to cesspools. The morale of the country often is connected to the morals of the country and when morals are low it seems excuses are high.

The political correctness (PC) of the Clinton years brought both tolerance and adultery to the oval office and both were applauded by a nation that for the most part found their comfort and consolation in cesspools. A decade before Regan would not even remove his coat while in the oval office. He had no problem defining the word “is” and the nation both believed in, and were striving toward, the “shinning city on a hill.”

Since the last election there seems to be a movement of the tide that I don’t know is quite definable yet. Morals have come back at least as a talking point on the nightly news and only time will tell if there is more to it than that. While I would like to think that it really means something and that the pendulum would swing way past morals to Christ centeredness and stay there, the revolving door of human history is an indicator that the pendulum will eventually swing back the other direction as fickled feelings dominate the mood, and the firm foundations of truth go ignored.

The Scriptures talk about people that, like a stick in the ocean, allow themselves to be swept away by every wind and every pulsating tide (Eph. 4:14). This Scripture lists the cause as the “sleight of men and the cunning craftiness whereby they lie in wait to deceive.” Regan’s city may have been as much a deception as Clinton’s wholesome smile, I don’t know, but one thing is for sure – the deceptive feeling of human goodness can not compensate, nor long stand as an adequate substitute for the fact of Christ’s righteousness. It is true that moods, feelings and attitudes can either uplift or devastate a nation and even its churches, but that genuine righteousness never changes and always uplifts. As long as we allow ourselves to be rooted in the muck and mire of feelings our attitudes and morals will eventually again get bogged down.

But behold, there is hope, for unto you is born this day in the city of David, a savior who is Christ the Lord. The subject of these great words from Luke 2, is indeed the hope of the world. If there is a hope for an immanent change in the life of our country after this past election, it is not because of who was elected but because of who is now being brought to light as a result of the outcome of the election. Jesus has been talked about more on “News” programs lately than at any time I can remember in my life time. Rather than just a mood or just a feeling based on our perception of things, the person of Jesus Christ has become the subject of much thought and public conversation.

So now we stand at a crossroads. We stand at this crossroads at the celebration of the dear Savior’s birth. Will we move past merchandising to intimately embrace the Messiah? Will we reject feelings and receive faith? As we approach the blood soaked straw in the manger could an entire nation once again become intolerant of sin and come to place a high value on sin’s forgiveness resulting from Christ’s atoning and bloody work on the cross? Could we, not politically but spiritually, once again become “one nation under God”? Can we this time move past the fads of WWJD bracelets and bumper stickers and develop genuine personal relationships with Christ?

Many of us stand with great anticipation knowing that whether or not this is the time Christ is born into the heart of a nation, it can be the time He is born in your heart!