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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Christmas – 25 December 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

Christmas! Two thousand years after the miraculous birth of the Son of God, the day that should represent the highest ideals possible on earth continues to be corrupted and eroded by the very humans who were entrusted to be a shining example in a darkened, fallen world.

There doesn’t seem to be a religion, an ideal, or an institution that humans won’t pervert and distort. Is it any wonder that Jesus referred to Satan when He spoke of “the ruler of this world” (John 12:31)? Jesus also said, “While you have the light, believe in the light, in order that you may become sons [or daughters] of light” (John 12:36)

Have you noticed how insidious the corruptors are? How they use tactics to divide those who take a stand for positive change? How they go after the weak that they call “realists” in order to break down any meaningful change? An example of this is the nonsense concerning “humane” animal-derived products. This is trickery and deception straight from hell. Obviously, those who choose to be fooled fall for this evil doublespeak that is so prevalent today.

What has this got to do with Christmas, you may ask. Everything! Satan is still the ruler of this world, and Christmas has been distorted into a time of greed and indulgence.

About Jesus, John 12:37 and following says:

37 “But though He had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him;

38 that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke, “Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”

39 For this cause they could not believe, for Isaiah said again,

40 “He has blinded their eyes, and He hardened their heart; lest they see with their eyes, and perceive with their heart, and be converted, and I heal them.”

41 These things Isaiah said because he saw His glory, and he spoke of Him.

42 Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue;

43 for they loved the approval of men [people] rather than the approval of God.

“For they loved the approval of men [people]…” People-pleasers! The more things change, the more they stay the same! Right?

Also read the rest of the chapter (John 44-50), where Jesus makes it clear that though He “did not come to judge the world, but to save the world,” (this is used out of context by the “cheap grace” people) “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.”

Jesus also makes it clear from Whom He received the words He spoke (John 12:49-50):

49 “For I did not speak on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me commandment, what to say, and what to speak.

50 “And I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me.”

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