Luke 1, to Theophilus, Zacharias and the Angel, Gabriel’s announcement to Mary, Mary and Elizabeth, Mary’s song, Zacharias’ prophecy, the Birth of John the Baptist.
Times are a-changing. As a child born and raised in Sweden I always looked forward to advent, Lucia (13 Dec) and of course Christmas. November had been dark and dreary, we didn’t see the sun for a whole month and it was too early for snow. Then came the first Sunday in Advent and in nearly every house the Advent star was prominently displayed, sometimes in every window. At that time they all looked the same, since they were very few choices. The star always pointed upwards, as all 5-pointed stars on the Christmas tree did. This just was so, and nobody ever thought much about it. After emigrating to America I discovered that trees can be decorated many more ways, and the diversity added another dimension to Christmas, but I still longed for the simplicity of the five pointed star, so we continued to have it on the top of our tree (real Fraser Fir, nothing artificial of course).
Then about 25 years ago I saw a five pointed star with two points pointing up and one pointing down. This was in our church bulletin for Christmas Day and the Church had splurged and bought it with a pre-printed color display on the front page. Our son, who at that time was in College wondered why the goat star was in the church bulletin, so we asked our associate pastor why. At first he didn’t understand what difference it made, so we explained it to him. He got upset, and apologized profusely, but he was most upset about the fact that they had bought the folders from a reputable Christian distributor.
So what difference does it make?
The five pointed star is best described as the pentagram. It is from the start a pagan symbol, existing way before Christianity. it existed in two forms, point up and point down.
As point up it is the true pentagram and predates Christianity in at least two forms, the human and the spiritual:
The left symbol shows the human connection, the right shows the four earthly elements and with the Spirit pointing to God. While being of pagan origin it was adopted by Jewish and Greek mysticism, and since the Spirit pointed upward it also became used as a symbol for the early Christians. It can display the five virtues (left), but it is also prominently used in the wiccan cult.
Point down is even more sinister in its origin. To begin with it is the symbol for the goat god of Baphomet. Then there are a number of satanic symbols:(left). This pendant of Satan in the Name of Samael, who was a consort of Lilith, (I refuse to research it further, since it is satanic in origin. )
But it is also a Masonic symbol. The City of Washington D.C. is laid out as an inverted pentagram: The inverted pentagram points to the White House and the Masonic compass symbol has its center point in the Capitol.
This was just a small survey of what the pentagram symbolizes.
To sum up:
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. 1 John 5:21
In 1986 the Ellis Island Medal of Honor was given for the first time. It is an American award founded by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO), presented annually to American citizens whose accomplishments in their field and inspired service to our nation. Among the very first recipients were:
Joe DiMaggio: An American baseball center fielder who played his entire 13-year career in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees. He is perhaps best known for his 56-game hitting streak. He is also widely known for his marriage and lifelong devotion to Marilyn Monroe.
Victor Borge: A Danish and American comedian, conductor, and pianist who achieved great popularity in radio and television in the United States and Europe. His blend of music and comedy earned him the nicknames “The Clown Prince of Denmark,” “The Unmelancholy Dane,” and “The Great Dane.”
Anita Bryant: An American singer and political activist. She scored four Top 40 hits in the United States in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including “Paper Roses“, which reached #5 on the charts. She was also a former Miss Oklahoma beauty pageant winner, and was a brand ambassador for the Florida Citrus Commission (which marketed orange juice) from 1969 to 1979. In the 1970s, Bryant became known as an outspoken opponent of gay rights in the US. In 1977, she ran the “Save Our Children” campaign to repeal a local ordinance in Dade County, Florida that prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. This involvement significantly damaged her popularity and career in show business. In spite of her downfall defending traditional family values she was recognized at this event.
Muhammad Ali: born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.; January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an American professional boxer and activist. He is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century. From early in his career, Ali was known as an inspiring, controversial, and polarizing figure both inside and outside the ring. He converted to Islam and as such refused to be drafted into the military.
Rosa Parks: An activist in the Civil Rights Movement, whom the United States Congress called “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement”. On December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake‘s order to give up her seat in the “colored section” to a white passenger, after the whites-only section was filled.
Donald Trump: Yes, He too was honored. This in no way negates his lifelong compassion for sports, showbiz, political activism, religious freedom and civil rights.