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God's Invasion of History

By Mark R. Rushdoony
December 24, 2022

One of the reasons I do not like "social media" is that it brings out some of the worst in people. There is a real tendency to use it as a soap box and express opinions no one is interested in hearing. It is also a temptation to try to correct others who you don't even know. Since they, too, are often only really interested in expressing their opinion, they often react with hostility. The tone is often so caustic it becomes an "anti-social media."

Each year about this time some individuals seem determined to denounce the celebration of Christmas because God never commanded us to do so. Their "argument from silence" somehow turns into a command, the "violation" of which results in condemnation. My policy is not to argue with such people. I merely "snooze" them for thirty days.

God never commanded us to celebrate Christmas. That's a true statement. It is also an irrelevant statement. All of Scripture after Genesis 3:15 is focused on God's promise of the seed of the woman who would crush Satan. I find not celebrating the incarnation of God in human flesh to be a rather contemptuous disregard for the implications of that event, one long anticipated by God's people.

I have no problem with those who choose not to observe Christmas themselves, but I do find it offensive that some would scold those who do. I think we should look for more occasions to celebrate the work of God in history.

My father once referred to the incarnation as God's "invasion of history." His reassuming of control. "All power" now belongs to Jesus Christ who makes all things new. That is a blessed thought, and one that should energize our entire being. We should celebrate all that God has done and continues to do.

May God bless you richly this Christmas


Topics: Church History, Church, The, Theology

Mark R. Rushdoony

Mark R. Rushdoony graduated from Los Angeles Baptist College (now The Master’s College) with a B.A. in history in 1975 and was ordained to the ministry in 1995.

He taught junior and senior high classes in history, Bible, civics and economics at a Christian school in Virginia for three years before joining the staff of Chalcedon in 1978. He was the Director of Chalcedon Christian School for 14 years while teaching full time. He also helped tutor all of his children through high school.

In 1998, he became the President of Chalcedon and Ross House Books, and, more recently another publishing arm, Storehouse Press. Chalcedon and its subsidiaries publish many titles plus CDs, mp3s, and an extensive online archive at www.chalcedon.edu.

He has written scores of articles for Chalcedon’s publications, both the Chalcedon Report and Faith for all of Life. He was a contributing author to The Great Christian Revolution (1991). He has spoken at numerous conferences and churches in the U.S. and abroad.

Mark Rushdoony lives in Vallecito, California, his home of 43 years with his wife of 45 years and his youngest son. He has three married children and nine grandchildren.

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