Christmas is a time of many special things: gathering with family, worship, feasting and sharing, giving and receiving blessings, all in the light of celebrating the gift of our Savior Jesus. But more than anything, for me, the message of Christmas makes it a time of promise and hope for all nations.
At this time of year we traditionally celebrate the gift of God made flesh, living among us, as one of us, yet without sin. As much as any fundamental belief of the Christian faith, the incarnation of Christ lays the foundation not only for our faith, but for the entire work of the ministry at American Vision.
It is here that we see, first, above all things, the way of personal salvation. Christ came into the world to save sinners. He sacrificed Himself, died, and was resurrected that we may be delivered from our enemies and serve Him without fear (Luke 1:68-79).
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
for he has visited and redeemed his people
and has raised up a horn of salvation for us
in the house of his servant David,
as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
that we should be saved from our enemies
and from the hand of all who hate us;
to show the mercy promised to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant,
the oath that he swore to our father Abraham, to grant us
that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
might serve him without fear,
in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
to give knowledge of salvation to his people
in the forgiveness of their sins,
because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
It is here that we see Christian liberty: that we are called to serve God according to the work of His Son, in all areas of life. God’s Spirit not only draws us to Christ, but directs us to live according to His commandments. God reforms our lives to serve in His kingdom, free from the tyranny of sin.
I received a testimony from a young man just the other day of how the study of God’s law has changed his life. No longer living in retreat from society, or expecting escape, this young man now has hope, has started a business, has married, and is expecting a child this Christmas season.
Our biggest focus at American Vision is on the role of the Christian worldview in shaping history and government. We take seriously our Lord’s command to “disciple the nations . . . teaching them everything I have commanded you.” I recently released an eBook, Inglorious Kingdoms, on the biblical view of the kingdom of God. One of the testimonies I received said this:
I recently read Joel McDurmon’s eBook, “Inglorious Kingdoms,” and was jolted out of a pious coma that I was slipping into. . . .
This is the kind of “wake up call” testimonies we receive regularly.
Another reader recently commented on my Restoring America:
Continued reading Joel McDurmon’s “Restoring America One County at a Time” today. . . . Simply outstanding! Joel, brother, you have done excellent work with this book. May Christ continue to bless your efforts.
As I speak at camps, conferences, and seminars across the country, I impress our belief that Christ came in the flesh, as fully man and fully God. By this, He defies all claims to sovereignty, and all claims to perfection, made by men. Only He is the God-man; only He is the perfect humanity. It is to Him we must look for direction. It is to Him alone we must submit as the ultimate Sovereign. In Christ, we have eternal salvation, as well as the revelation of the way of liberty and peace among men.
I can’t think of a better reason for hope than that. And I can’t think of a better time to remember that hope than now.
As American Vision continues helping others with our unique mission of Christ and liberty, would you consider helping us? While we receive testimonies and thanks for the work we do, we know there are many more asking questions and seeking help that few other ministries will meet. Please support our work educating and advancing that hope today. Join us in the fight for faith and freedom.
For His Kingdom,
Dr. Joel McDurmon