Christmas 1968 (1 of 2) by Kerry Shook
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Series: Christmas Past
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Luke 2:10 (NIV)
1. CHRISTMAS STARTED A REVOLUTION OF SIMPLICITY
Luke 2:7 (NKJV)
2 Cor. 11:3 (NKJV)
Jer. 29:11 (NIV)
2. CHRISTMAS STARTED A REVOLUTION OF GIVING
Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)
Matt. 2:11 (NIV)
It was Christmas Eve 1968 and on that night 40 years ago children were wishing and hoping that Santa would bring them the hottest toys of the season. Toys like Easy Bake ovens and Lincoln Logs, Pogo Sticks and Silly Putty and games like Candy Land and Operation. I mean these were toys with staying power. They are still big today. The most popular music of 1968 was being made by the Beatles, the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones. Music that is even more popular today. But, some things were very different in 1968 than they are in the Christmas season of 2008. The CEO's from the American auto industry weren't begging for a congressional bailout. Detroit was still on top of the automotive world. They were still putting 400 horsepower motors into 3000 pound cars and selling them for 2500 bucks, a lot has changed. But, by the time Christmas Eve 1968 rolled around probably the most controversial and yet unforgettable decade in American history was entering its final year. The 60s started with such promise. Camelot John Kennedy was elected president. The economy was robust. Big dreamers were building new movements like the civil rights movement, the peace corp, the poor people's campaign. I mean the 60s started with such promise but by the end of the decade there were two dead Kennedy's, a slain civil rights hero, campus riots, racial tensions, a war in Southeast Asia that was tearing the soul out of our nation and a gathering of over 400,000 drugged out hippies in a farm field outside of Bethel, New York in something called Woodstock. What happened? The one word that social scientist often use to describe the 60s is rebellion. Now, some of it was a noble rebellion. A fight against great injustice like in August 1963 when on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and one of the most memorable speeches in modern history, Martin Luther King finished reading from a prepared text and then he launched into this unprepared speech that came from the stirring deep in his soul and he said I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will no longer be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. People were mesmerized and inspired by the words coming out of his mouth. I mean this was a positive rebellion against the great injustice of racial hatred and inequality. I would have to say there was more of a not so noble rebellion going on in the 60s as well. It was a spiritual rebellion, a rebellion against God.
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