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It’s Christmas eve. Time to put away politics for the day.

Well, I’m sufficiently disgusted by the developments in the Virginia primary. That’s about all I’ve seen in my email and on Redstate today. But today is December 24th – Christmas Eve. And it’s time for me to put an end to the day’s ruminations about politics and start thinking about what tonight and tomorrow should be all about: the birth of our Savior.

There was one article that caught my eye today that subtly links the world of politics with Christmas. CNN.com published an article titled “When Bedford Falls Becomes Pottersville“. It is a superb article that uses “It’s A Wonderful Life” as a metaphor for an America without Jesus. I would post some quotes here, but I would wind up just blockquoting the entire article.

As you read it, think about what this nation would be like without a savior. There would be no hope. While politics and the presidential race are certainly relevant and important in our lives, nothing is more important than what we are celebrating tonight: the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Our hope should be in him and him alone…not in some politician whose promises will inevitably be broken. The promises of God will never be broken, just as this one was not:

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”

(Luke 1:26-37)

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

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