Itâ€™s a Grinch Thing
By: Erik Rush
â€œNearly every American liked Christmas a lot,
But the far-Left, who lived in self-righteousness, did not!
The Left hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!
Now, please donâ€™t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.
It could be their heads werenâ€™t screwed on just right.
It could be, perhaps, that their jeans were too tight.
But I think that the most likely reason of all,
May have been that their brains were two sizes too smallâ€¦â€
Two thousand years ago, a man was born in Judea (a region of modern-day Israel). During three years of His adult life He preached a social philosophy similar to what many might call â€œThe Golden Rule.â€ He gained a large following and thus was considered a heretic and a threat to the ruling powers. As a result of this, He died to prove the point of his teachings.
Christians believe that in this action He reconciled humanity to God (absolving us of our sins, or that which separates us from God) because He was in fact God incarnate, or an avatar of God, to put it in broader terms; His teachings, the Gospel (or â€œGood Newsâ€) was that of the redemption He had come to bring.
Since then, despite the occasional (and occasionally atrocious) subversion and perversion of His teachings brought about by human frailty, we have experienced 2000 years of good works in His name. The ideas and mores to which most in the Western world still adhere were alien concepts in the day of Jesus Christ. Given the brutality and cheapness of human life at the time, people were glad to hear His Message.
It has been said that â€œthe only problem with Christianity is Christians;â€ atheists, agnostics and pastors alike have taken Christians to task throughout history for failing to â€œwalk the walkâ€ proscribed in the Gospels â€“ and this has not been without good reason. This admonition is necessary, I believe, now more than ever, given the challenge the Church faces from secular socialists.
Historically, the preeminence of Christianity has only been threatened by other religions and (in modern times) by totalitarian regimes whose need for popular allegiance and control preclude the tolerance of any religion. Given that, it is clear that the â€œWar on Christmasâ€ or the â€œWar on Christianityâ€ is indeed real; those who deny this are akin to those Mafiosi who used to argue that the Mafia didnâ€™t exist.
The propaganda of the secular socialists asserts that the Christian majority â€œoppressesâ€ other religions via their religious observances. I would like to know how, excluding the rash actions of criminals who hardly qualify as members of the Christian majority. I donâ€™t recall once in my life ever hearing a sincere Christian person complain as regards anotherâ€™s religious observances, nor have I seen Christian factions within a community rise up to do so. In fact, our Congress recently (and unanimously) passed a resolution recognizing the Muslim celebration of Ramadan (an imprudent measure at this juncture in time, but thatâ€™s another story).
Shortly afterward, Congress also passed a resolution acknowledging the importance of Christmas and Christianity in America, lending credence to the assertion that even our Democrat-controlled Congress realizes the threat.
It is indeed time for Christians to live with a mind toward â€œwalking the walk,â€ but they must also be mindful that their religious rights and civic duties demand proactivity concerning the enemies of Christianity in America, those Grinches who sit within their icy mountain caves of arrogance and soullessness, plotting and deriding. Those secular-leaning individuals who are not dedicated socialist ideologues should as well bear in mind the teachings of that man born 2000 years ago in Judea, and what sort of world we might have had He never been born.
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Erik Rush is a staff writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc. The New Media Alliance is a non-profit (501c3) national coalition of writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets.