Monday, December 24, 2007

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

Christmas is a time of celebration, a time to be with family and friends, a time to ponder the possibilities of peace and love among all mankind. In recent years however, Christmas has been under attack by secularists and atheists demanding that Christmas be stopped, all reference to Jesus be banned for fear that some may feel left out. This Christmas season, there are even those who want religious prayers be excluded from celebrations held in Churches and Cathedrals. After all, they say, Christmas should be inclusive; prayers only serve to exclude the non-religious. Why would such people even be in a Church or Cathedral since they know there would be Christian prayers?

Two years ago, Karina Rollins, an Atheist like me, wrote an article for FrontPageMagazine. In it, she excoriates those who wish to destroy not just Christmas, but Western Civilization itself. She holds, as I do, that Christianity is the foundation of our civilization, without Christianity we would perish as a people and nation. Whether one believes Jesus to be the Son of God, Son of Man, the Savior, the Messiah, God made flesh, or a very wise Rabbi, a philosopher, we cannot deny that Jesus was very real, and for 2000 plus years, has been the major influence of all that has come after Him in the Western world. We also cannot convincingly deny that, although Christmas usurped pagan celebrations, it is today a primarily Christian celebration, but one that all people are welcome to join - religious and secular together, Christ and Santa Claus. This year, Muslims in Turkey and Hindus in India will be joining the Christmas festivities simply because Christmas is fun and happy; it's warm and fuzzy, and who doesn't like warm and fuzzy?
Atheists for Christmas

By Karina Rollins 12/14/2005

Though the leftist sport of this December is to demonstrate smug denials of any “war on Christmas,” the contemptible accounts of the Left’s attempts to kill Christmas – and the government’s appeasement of them – are a well-documented refrain: kids forbidden to talk about baby Jesus or Santa Claus in school; teachers instructed to avoid Christmas-themed jewelry; non-Christians who claim their rights are violated by a manger scene; and the censorship of virtually any mention of the word “Christmas.” Devout Christians are rightly offended.

I, an atheist, am just as outraged.

Every American should be, because there is much more at stake here than Christian sensibilities. The Left’s compulsive dedication to ridding the country of Nativity displays and turning “Merry Christmas!” into a slogan of minority oppression is not just a war on Christians, but – far worse – on Western culture itself.

Christmas hasn’t been a solely religious holiday for some time. What irks many devout Christians is that those who attend church only on Christmas Eve, who get more excited about the fat man in the red suit than the carpenter from Nazareth, and who find the idea of a supernatural Creator who hears our prays preposterous, have laid claim to Christmas as theirs, too.

While Christians celebrate the birth of Christ at Christmas time, the holiday has developed into a Western tradition with many aspects – as faithful Christians lament – utterly devoid of religious content. Many devout Christians – some sport bumper stickers of Santa Claus crossed out with a big X – feel that for large segments of society, the meaning of Christmas has become watered down to a godless excess of presents, food, and glittery lights.

It has. Isn’t it wonderful?

Atheists like me can go to church concerts to rejoice in the glorious music of the season, delight in picking out special gifts for family and friends, and wish everyone a “Merry Christmas.”

But it’s much more than a gorgefest with angel decorations. Just because atheists don’t believe in a God in Heaven doesn’t mean we can’t embrace the Christmas message of brotherhood and peace on earth. While we don’t believe in the supernatural, we can recognize Christianity’s invaluable contribution to human love. That is worthy of celebration every year.

And while a handful of Christian evangelicals wants to ban Rudolph and Santa, my faithless Christmas celebration is in no danger from them. But it is in danger from the Left.

Unhappy that this country is built on Western and Christian values and customs, the Left seeks to abolish any public celebration of Christmas – religious or not – by insisting that holidays of other religions around the world be treated as equal to Christmas simply because they happen to take place in December.

Which is why we have schizophrenic displays of Christmas trees with giant Menorahs next to them (Jews laugh at the idea of Hanukkah as the “Jewish Christmas”), office Christmas parties must be called “holiday” parties, and the Christmas-oriented “Seasons Greetings” and “Happy Holidays” have been perverted into including everything from Ramadan to the phony and racially separatist “Kwanzaa.”

Surely there are some Hindu and Buddhist holy days in December – what’s next, statues of Vishnu and Buddha draped with tinsel and blinking lights?

The problem is that the nonsensical sensitivity sentiment has spread from the extreme Left into much of the mainstream population. Still wanting to acknowledge Christmas, however, Americans devise ways of doing so without admitting it.

Perfectly nice, normal people send cards each December without ever using the word “Christmas” (including, famously, the president and first lady). Others hang fir branches instead of putting up a tree and claim they’re merely being “seasonal.” They decorate their homes with red bows, light candles, and prepare festive meals, claiming they’re doing so to celebrate the winter solstice. Businesses send out cards to clients that mention only “success in the new year.”

What none of them wants to admit is that the one and only reason everyone is slurping eggnog and trudging through over-crowded shopping malls is a man named Jesus born two millennia ago (whether you believe he is Christ or a mortal) – not the Macabees, and not Mohammed. They pretend there is a “holiday season,” as the Christmas season is now called, which celebrates holidays from different faiths. They have all succumbed to the grotesque notion that any celebration by a majority rightly offends the minority.

Not one of them would, of course, expect the Israelis to put up Christmas trees in downtown Tel Aviv in December, so that the Christians living there don’t feel left out. Not one would go to a Jewish friend’s Hanukkah party and expect him to call it a holiday party. Not one would move to Morocco and expect Thanksgiving decorations during Ramadan. Not one would dream of calling the Hanukkah Menorah the “seasonal candelabra.”

It’s not majorities that leftists despise – it’s Western majorities. And when, due to their fraudulent campaign, Western people in a Western country must worry that “Merry Christmas” will be taken as an insult to non-Westerners or secularists, it’s time for every citizen of that country – Christian, Jew, Muslim, atheist, or Hare Krishna – to fight this abomination.

We must all help protect the right of Christians to sing “Silent Night” publicly at a Nativity scene – because if they can’t do that, there’s no telling what the rest of us won’t be able to do next.

Karina Rollins wishes all readers of this column a Merry Christmas.
"Christmas famously "comes but once a year," writes John Steele Gordon in the Wall Street Journal. He goes on to elucidate a brief history of Christmas from it's believed miraculous origin through the blending of pagan and Christian celebrations to what we have today. It's a very interesting treatise. But the story still concludes that without the birth of one single baby 2000 years ago, we would not have Christmas. (Read more at Indigo Continuum.)

Like it or not, Jesus is the reason for the season. Merry Christmas.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


City Troll said...

Merry Christmas....

Tom said...

And a Merry Christmas to you too, Indigo.

dcat said...

Merry Christmas Indigo.

Rivka said...

Hope you had a merry christmas Indigo!

Healing Song said...

Since I still say "merry Christmas" until January 6, have a Merry Christmas Indigo. I really appreciated what you had to say here.