In the Song of Solomon, King Solomon warns about the ‘little foxes’ that spoil the vine. He warned that with grapes starting to flower they needed to brace themselves for the small foxes that would sneakily dart into the vineyard, grab the small immature grapes and run out before anyone could see them (Song of Solomon 2:15).
Solomon warned that we have to stand guard against these small attacks as over time, they can erode and even destroy a healthy vineyard.
In a recent article, Liberty Counsel, a non-profit legal organization dedicated to preserving religious freedoms in America, talked about the ‘little foxes’ that have been attacking and trying to erode Christmas in America. Among other things, the organization has vigilantly stood against organizations challenging the right for nativity scenes to displayed on public property.
In their article, Liberty cited a radio broadcast that former US President Ronald Reagan gave in 1981, before he became president, when he talked about how the atheistic communists started nipping away at the Christmas celebration in the Ukraine, that was then part of the Soviet Union.
It started gradually. Instead of an outward ban on Christmas, they began to secularize it.
Reagan talked about the rewrite of the Ukraine’s most famous Christmas carols, ‘Nova Radist Stala.’
Originally, the song started off with these words:
“The joyous news has come which never was before. Over a cave above a manger a bright star has lit the world, where Jesus was born from a virgin maiden…”
The Communist government had the words changed to:
“The joyous news has come which never was before, a red star with five tails has brightly lit the world.”
In this rewrite, I noticed a similarity between “a red star with five tails,” with a verse in the Book of Revelation that I believe talked about what was happening at Christ’s birth:
And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems. 4 His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. (Revelation 12:3-4 ESV)
The communists later implemented a second rewrite of the popular Ukrainian carol, changing it to:
“The joyous news has come which never was before. Long-awaited star of freedom lit the skies in October [the month of the Revolution]. Where formerly lived the kings and had the roots their nobles, there today with simple folks, Lenin’s glory hovers.”
Then in the Romania, they turned Christmas into a regular workday, and began emphasizing the New Year celebration and incorporated many of the Christmas traditions into that celebration.
The changes were slow and gradual, but always ended with an eventual banning of the Christmas celebration. Secularists and Communists have implemented a similar strategy in the west.
Liberty Counsel writes:
“Repressive forces have always had the same goal – to first secularize and then to eliminate Christmas and Christian symbols, celebrations and speech. In America, the First Amendment is a guard against censorship and religious hostility.”
Though I don’t personally believe that Jesus was born on Dec 25, there is absolutely nothing wrong with celebrating the Lord’s birth on that day.
READ: Communism and Christmas