Ducks and Decadence
Everett PiperDr. Piper is the President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Associated with Chuck Colson’s Breakpoint and Centurions programs, Dr. Piper is the author of "Why I am a 'Liberal' and Other Conservative Ideas" http://www.whyiamaliberal.com/. He has also authored "The Wrong Side of the Door: Why Ideas Matter. Piper is a frequent speaker on Christian education, Biblical worldview, and applied apologetics in both regional and national venues. For more information go to www.okwu.edu or go to www.everettpiper.com .
- 2011 Jan 06
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These past few weeks a "Christmas" poster appeared on the streets of London:
"On the first day of Christmas", is says, "My true love gave to me a sexually transmitted disease."
"On the second day debt, on the third rape, the fourth teenage pregnancies and then there was abortion, raves, claiming God has a son, blasphemy, exploitation, promiscuity, night clubs, crime, pedophilia, paganism, domestic violence, homelessness, vandalism, alcohol and drugs…"
According to Abdul Rumaysah, spokesman for the poster, Christmas is responsible for all of these things and is "evil."
"Christmas" he says "is a lie and as Muslims it is our duty to attack it… our main [concern is with] the fruits of Christmas…. We hope that our campaign will make people realize that Islam is the only way to avoid [such evils].' As the poster concludes - "In Islam we are protected from all of these [things]. We have marriage, family, honor, [and] dignity..."
Now how is it possible that Mr. Rumaysah and other Muslims believe such propoganda? Why would they equate Christmas and Christianity with debauchery and lasciviousness? Maybe its because they are see something - Something in the outcomes - Something in the behaviors of those who claim to be Christian?
As the age old saying goes "If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck then it's a duck". Maybe what we are hearing is that if it walks like a pagan then it's a pagan. If it talks like an infidel then it's an infidel. Is it possible this "Christmas poster" is a commentary on Christians who fail to live Christianly as much as it is an expose of the delusions and disaffections of Islam?
As the writer of James tells us "we are showing people our faith by what we do."