I was sitting in my front room earlier and I fell asleep. When I woke up, the channel on my TV was set on the Seasonal Favorites music channel. The song that was playing was “Have a holly, jolly Christmas.” And my feeling was how disgustingly blasphemous this song was to the real meaning of Christmas. I had tolerated this channel because it had a number of sacred carols too.

But then it hit me. Of course people aren’t going to give up the sacred beauty of Christmas unless an enticing alternative is given to them by satan’s world – happy, non-religious songs, presents, sports and santa.

And this enticement starts with children – presents, santa and candy.

And really, Easter was stolen in the same way – by a bunny and candy.

And we could continue on with how other religious holidays (holy days) were traded in for secular fiction, traditions and “goodies” (which really turn out to be physiological “badies”) – Halloween and Valentine’s Day.

What this boils down to is: the culture has increasingly traded in love for sensationalism.

So that all inspired me to write a poem that spelled out some of the worse trades ever.

They traded Christmas for happy songs and presents

They traded Easter for a bunny and candy

They traded sex with love for porn

They traded marriage for “the grass is greener”

They traded eternity for impulse

They traded peace for hyperness

They traded real life for fiction

They traded health for junk food

They traded personal achievement for sports

They traded God for self-sovereignty and intimidation by others

… and the Bible says, “They traded God’s truth for a lie, and they worshipped and served the creation instead of the creator” Romans 1:25.

Too bad that many don’t realize that when we abandon the smoke screens and do it God’s way, He rewards us with peace, love, confidence, security, joy, clarity and a great eternity. Against these things “the world’s” ways can’t compete J

Byline: Dennis Marcellino’s books, music and DVDs can be seen at www.LighthouseBooksAndMusic.com