We wish you a merry Christmas

We wish you a merry Christmas

God rest ye merry gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas Day
To save us all from Satan’s pow’r
When we were gone astray
Oh tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
Oh tidings of comfort and joy

There is a certain perverse logic to the chattering class gagging the age-old joyful greeting, “Merry Christmas!” To be merry is to be hopeful and innocent, two traits missing in the entertainment of the cultural elite.

Bill Maher notoriously says Christians are “hypocrites.” Believers who go against culture by cheerfully greeting their mailman and cashiers with “Merry Christmas” shrug it off. Long ago we realized we should have nothing to do with Bill Maher. We don’t watch him. We don’t listen to him. We don’t care what Bill Maher says because Bill Maher’s life is mocking and scorning and true Christians don’t “walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers.”

I wonder how many believers today think of their consumption of “comedy” as it is: walking in the counsel of the ungodly, standing in the path of sinners, and sitting in the seat of scoffers. Note that the three descend to the nadir of sitting in the seat of scoffers; it is the cumulative effect of walking with the wicked and standing with sinners. Having hung with the ungodly and sinners, we sit down and give our laughter to scoffers.

When you turn on your screen and laugh at Jon Stewart and Bill Maher, you are sitting with mockers and scoffers. Note how many of these mockers Christians sit and watch are Jews.

Search for “Jewish comedians” and this is only a partial list:

Jerry Lewis, Mel Brooks, Gilda Radner, Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, Paul Rudd, Larry David, Gene Wilder, Don Rickles, Al Franken, Andy Samberg, Rodney Dangerfield, Carl Reiner, the Marx Brothers, David Brenner, Buddy Hackett, Gary Shandling, Adam Sandler, Joan Rivers, Billy Crystal, Ben Still, Seth Rogen, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Bill Maher… As I said, this is just a partial list. I left out Andrew Dice Clay, Sid Caesar, Lorne Michaels, Lenny Bruce, Woody Allen…

Slightly hidden behind a very thin veil, the animus motivating men like Stewart and Maher is their hatred for God. Jews excel at mockery, and for good reason: they rejected their Messiah and ever after have been justifying it—those Jews who still reject Him, that is.

Do we really think that a nation’s rejection of their Savior has no generational effect? How Christians should treat Jews and whether the love of Christ should be shed abroad over them through us is another matter; we’re talking here about the content and motivation of the entertainment they sell us.

Much of it is toxic and we should not sit with mockers.

If the Holocaust industry and all those who live trembling at the thought of their disapproval call what I just wrote “anti-Semitism,” so be it. The Christian is to turn away from mockers and scorners, and it’s important we understand the motivation behind these women and men is very religious. Don’t be simpletons in the entertainment you consume. Mocking is addictive and it destroys Christian faith.

So today, we celebrate with all people of goodwill the birth of the world’s Messiah.

Merry Christmas to all!

Not cynical, sarcastic, rude, or caustic Christmas.

Merry Christmas!

Good Christian men, rejoice,
With heart and soul, and voice;
Now ye need not fear the grave:
Jesus Christ was born to save!
Calls you one and calls you all
To gain his everlasting hall.
Christ was born to save!
Christ was born to save!

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Tim Bayly has been senior pastor of Clearnote Church, Bloomington since 1996. Married to Mary Lee, the Baylys have five children and twenty-something grandchildren. Tim's book on fatherhood is titled "Daddy Tried" and he is co-author of a book on homosexuality titled "The Grace of Shame.’

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