Every year around Christmastime, in grinch-like fashion, the national atheist organization based in Wisconsin, Freedom From Religion Foundation, threatens small towns with lawsuits for displaying Christmas nativities on public property, Minnesota Family Council reports.
This year, one of their targets was Wadena, MN, where a nativity was displayed annually for years at a city park. Fearing the lawsuit, Wadena City Council voted unanimously to remove the nativity. This seemed in our eyes to be a defeat. But, in God’s sovereignty, He turned what seemed to be a defeat into an opportunity to display His glory through His Son in an amazing way in Wadena!
Yes, the city’s one main nativity was taken down, but since then hundreds have been put on full display on private properties by residents who disagreed with the decision. The residents are trying to break the standing record of 2500 Nativity displays in one area, and they’re even using social media!
Formerly, one main Nativity displayed God’s message of Hope through Jesus during the Christmas season; now, Wadena residents are joining together and shine the Light of Christ by the hundreds! Glory to God in the Highest! AND, we learned that Wadena citizens have now rented out the bandstand at the park where the public Nativity used to be. These citizens have rented the space out through Christmas, with each taking a turn to legally set up a Nativity in the morning and take it down each evening, per park regulations. What a testament to their faith in Christ!