The war on Christmas has always been a cold one. This may be the year the shooting finally breaks out. Certainly, the pro-Christmas forces have become more militarized.
Like the Wild Bunch, but without the dynamite in their saddlebags ready to explode, they ride out destroying all in their path.This year, not content with the usual Christmas stuffing, they're out to promote Luke 2, 21-38.
This stuff is pernicious.
Not Luke Russert pernicious, I'll grant you, but still:
|21||¶ And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, Lev. 12.3 his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel Lk. 1.31 before he was conceived in the womb.|
|22||¶ And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;|
|23||(as it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord; Ex. 13.2, 12 )|
|24||and to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons. Lev. 12.6-8|
|25||And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.|
|26||And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.|
|27||And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,|
|28||then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,|
|29||Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace,|
|30||for mine eyes have seen thy salvation,|
|31||which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;|
|32||a light to lighten the Gentiles, Is. 42.6 ; 49.6 |
|33||¶ And Joseph and his mother marveled at those things which were spoken of him.|
|34||And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;|
|35||(yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also;) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.|
|36||¶ And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phan'u-el, of the tribe of Asher: she was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity;|
|37||and she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.|
|38||And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.|
Already, they're dragging in a woman who's been a professional widow for 84 years? Going to get rough, I tell you true.
Gird up for battle, minions!