What Ever Happened To Christmas?
TEXT: Psalm 2:1-3, Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,  Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
In Psalm 14:2, 3, the Bible says The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none good, no, not one.
ILLUS: As I was reading the news this week, I came across the following article about the lighting of the National Christmas Tree. I'd like to share a bit of it with you...
"When Democrats won control of Congress in November's election, the victory may have reignited a controversy many Americans thought had been settled a year ago -- and that is what to call the national tree in front of the U.S. Capitol.
In 2005, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., instructed federal officials to refer to it as the "Capitol Christmas Tree," after having been called the "Capitol Holiday Tree" since the 1990s.
But at last night's lighting ceremony for the 65-foot Pacific Silver Fir, the Democrat senator from the tree's home state of Washington never used the word "Christmas" in her speech to the assembled crowd, opting instead for the term "holiday tree" twice. "It is so wonderful and such an honor to be here tonight in the nation's capital as we light what we all believe from the other end of the country is the best holiday tree ever," said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.
"I am very proud of everyone in my home state who helped make this happen -- all of our staffs who worked so hard; everyone who helped bring this tree out here; everyone who has worked incredibly hard, especially the young children who helped decorate this tree. So, tonight, we share with the nation wha ...
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