Me preguntaron en el trabajo, “Ángel, ¿a ti no te gusta la navidad?” Les dije, “odio lo que se ha hecho con la navidad.” Aunque no tenemos ningún mandamiento bíblico de celebrar la navidad; no creo que sea nada malo que recordemos el nacimiento en este mundo del Señor Jesucristo; de lo que causó la división de los tiempos entre antes y después de Cristo. Mas, ¿qué hemos hecho con la navidad?”
Hemos sacado a Cristo de la Navidad. “Santa Claus” es más popular en la navidad que Cristo, las películas de hoy día no se enfocan en el nacimiento de Cristo, sino en historia románticas durante la navidad y, ¿qué me dicen la comercialización? Le añadimos la bebedera y borrachera… y, ¿Quién se inventó esto de regalos? Llegamos hasta un punto que nos endeudamos para comprar regalos. Hermanos, eso no debería ser así.
La descripción del nacimiento de Cristo está en la Biblia. No veo nada malo en celebrar y recordar ese extraordinario momento en la historia de la humanidad, pero la comercialización de la navidad la rechazo con todas mis fuerzas. Hoy mi hermano Carlos me envió este video de una de las canciones más populares de Tony Croatto, creo que explica el mensaje mejor que yo:
An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director.
While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog.
In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot.
In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona. On June 8th 2021 Angel started his home church, not as a starting point, but as a closer way to how the church is suppose to look like according to Scripture.
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