Vol. 1 No.30
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From the Desk of Pastor Rick Scarborough
A Special Wish – As we prepare to
celebrate the birth of our Savior, allow me to take this
opportunity to wish each and every one of you – and your
families -- a joyous, peaceful and uplifting Christmas. Please
keep our troops in the field in your thoughts and prayers.
WHITE HOUSE WISHES YOU A PC CHRISTMAS
Sadly, the White House has succumbed to the drive to make
Christmas “inoffensive.” It’s not what we would have expected
from this administration.
In its Christmas message, the White House website does not
contain a word about Jesus.
It notes that the president’s residence is decorated with
“delightful vignettes illustrating many of the best-loved songs
of the season.” But they are all secular tunes like “Here Comes
Santa Claus,” “Jingle Bells” and “White Christmas.” There’s not
one traditional Christmas carol in the bunch – not one has
lyrics that even allude to the fact that Christ is the “reason
for the season.”
At the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, on December 2,
the president was equally restrained: “At Christmas-time, we
celebrate good tidings first announced two thousand years ago,
and still a source of great joy in our world,” Mr. Bush
declared. And what was that message, Mr. President: Shop ‘till
you drop? Have a “Happy Holiday”? Watch out for that reindeer,
Mr. Bush’s holiday card includes a line from Psalms, 95:2 (“Let
us come before Him with Thanksgiving, and extol Him with music
and song’), but – again -- no mention of the one George Bush
worships as Lord and Savior.
The president is a devout Christian. (During the 2000 campaign,
when asked to name his favorite philosopher, Mr. Bush
unhesitatingly replied “Jesus.”) It’s disheartening that a man
of faith like our president apparently feels he has to placate
the reining cultural ethos (where Christians are expected to
keep their faith in the closet) lest someone be offended.
We have much to do, and far to go, in reclaiming Christmas for
DOCTORS PRESCRIBE RELIGION
A poll of 1,100 physicians on religion has surprising results.
Of medical doctors surveyed, 74% said they believe miracles have
happened in the past, and 73% believe they can occur today.
This is not what you’d expect of men of science. Physicians are
thought to be among the most skeptical of individuals.
Yet the poll (conducted by HCD Research and the Jewish
Theological Seminary in New York) included doctors from almost
every religious tradition in the United States. Among other findings:
55% said medical practice should be guided by religious
teachings, 46% said prayer is an important part of their lives,
and 58% attend religious services at least once a month.
Less encouraging is the fact that only 9% believe the Bible is
the literal word of God, though 58% believe God inspired
Scriptures. Thirty-four percent consider the Bible a wholly
Perhaps the findings aren’t so surprising after all. Physicians
experience birth and death on a regular basis. They see
inexplicable cures – which are called “miraculous.” It’s harder
to deny God when you witness his handiwork up close and
SCHOOL DISTRICT CONSIDERS BIBLE TOO
The Neosho, Missouri Board of Education decided to remove the
Old and New Testaments from a list of approved material for the
district’s accelerated reading program.
Parents Chuck and Mary Alice Nelson donated the Bible and
related reading material to the school library, but discovered
it had been removed from the system. It’s important to note that
the Bible was on a list of optional reading. It wasn’t forced on
Still, despite the fact that approved reading includes the
“Harry Potter” books (written to make witchcraft attractive) and
the works of Stephen King, Superintendent Mark Mitchell said the
district decided to “err on the side of caution,” and ban the
Bible for fear of “an excessive entanglement of church and
In the school system, no one was assigned to read the Bible. No
one was forced to read the word of God. It was completely
optional. Besides everything else, the King James Bible happens
to be one of the most beautifully written books in the English
language. Students can learn far more about the use of language,
about syntax and grammar, from a work that has topped the
best-sellers’ list for thousands of years, than from the pap
produced by children’s authors.
The Founding Fathers, who revered the Scriptures, would have
been flabbergasted to learn that in the nation they established,
the Bible as optional reading is “too controversial,” but the
lurid fantasies of the likes of Stephen King are quite
acceptable – even more that the availability of a Bible in a school
is now considered the equivalent of an established church.
The board is expected to reconsider this tragic decision at its
January meeting. Let’s hope it finds the wisdom to transcend the
anti-religious hysteria rampant in our public education
School-board members might want to pray over it.
PRO-LIFE CAVALRY RIDES TO RESCUE THE SENATE
Christians were bitterly disappointed when Senate Republicans
chose Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter to head the powerful
Judiciary Committee, over vehement protests.
Specter is about as liberal as a Republican can get. He’s
pro-abortion and a gay-rights supporter. If that weren’t bad
enough, in an interview following the election, Specter brazenly
declared that judicial nominees who weren’t willing to kowtow to
Roe v. Wade, could not be confirmed.
Apparently, Republicans heard the rumblings of discontent among
religious conservatives. According to Tuesday’s Washington Post,
Senators Sam Brownback and Tom Coburn have been named to the
Dr. Coburn is an obstetrician and a knowledgeable defender of
the unborn. Sen. Brownback is a proven leader of pro-life
causes. Both should help to balance the committee’s doctrinaire
Naturally, the left is incensed. Nancy Keenan, president of the
National Abortion Rights Action League – which works tirelessly
to keep murder in the womb legal – warned, “It appears the far
right is massing its troops on the borders of Roe v. Wade.”
Ralph Neas, of the knee-jerk People for the American Way,
commented, “Its hard to believe the Senate Judiciary Committee
could go any farther right, but it just did.” Neas neglected to
mention that, on the other side, the Judiciary Committee
includes such dogmatic leftists as Senators Kennedy, Schumer and
Leahy -- while its chairman is a Republican in name only.
At least with Brownback and Coburn on the committee,
conservative/constitutionalist judicial nominees will have a few
friends in the lions’ den.
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