We now confront, therefore, not only the aforementioned commercialization of Christmas, but also the secularization and politicization of the sacred holiday as well.
Every winter, all across America, we have another big fight right around Christmas time. That’s
when the liberal, atheistic ACLU types always launch their annual campaign to expel God from the
public schools and banish Jesus Christ from the public square.
Santa Claus and his flying reindeer may be OK, but the God-sent, Virgin-born Babe in the Manger
is clearly unacceptable to these self-proclaimed, “free-thinking” guardians of humanistic
It never ceases to amaze me how some of these folks manage to twist the Constitution continually
to mean something it plainly doesn’t say. They grossly misinterpret the First Amendment into a
pagan prohibition of any public display of religious faith — rather than a blessed guarantee of
the right to freely exercise that faith, both in public and in private.
The very idea of an alleged right to “freedom from religion” is antithetical to everything the
Founding Fathers fought for and believed in. Even an unregenerate old Deist like the worldly
Benjamin Franklin supported the public exercise of Christianity as being beneficial to the
general morality and common good of the populace.
These seeming contradictions in modern life served to set me thinking —improbable as this may
sound — about the inherent interrelationship between Christmas and . . . politics, of all things.
That is a very odd combination. There is absolutely no way the two have anything to do with each
other. One is about the birth of Jesus Christ, and the other is about human government and
When you look at the facts, though, you will see something different.
Why were Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem when Jesus was born? They had to pay taxes to Caesar.
There were no rooms in the inn because so many people came to pay taxes. This meant that the Lamb
of God came into the world in a lowly manger, among the farm animals that were used as
sacrificial offerings in the Jewish religion.
Government is about human institutions taking care of the people who live in this world. The
legitimate goal of government is to set up an ordered society that is free and safe, where one
and all can live and prosper in peace.
God established human government through the Noahic Covenant that protected the sanctity of all
human life created in the image of God. God then established through the Ten Commandments the
basic moral parameters that have bounded Western Civilization for more than three millennia.
The birth of Jesus Christ, which is what Christmas (or Christ’s Mass) really commemorates, is
about our Christ coming from Heaven to Earth to die on the Cross of Calvary. Why? So that
redeemed men can live for all eternity with Him.
Isaiah the prophet describes Jesus as our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father,
and Prince of Peace . . . “and the government shall be upon his shoulders.”
Human government is about providing physical services for mankind’s temporal needs.
Jesus Christ is about providing spiritual blessings for mankind’s eternal needs.
Christmas today is STILL about remembering God’s unspeakable gift to us through the birth of
Jesus. It is also about being generous to others — a time to give clothing to the poor, a time
to share food with a needy neighbor, a time to help out a friend who has fallen on hard times and
is struggling to get by.
Most importantly, Christmas should be a time of blessed family fellowship and worship toward God,
with prayerful meditation and joyful thanksgiving.
Jesus gave to all of us needy humans the greatest gift of all: Himself.
Christmas is Coming!
Learn to find your own holiday spirit.
A Simple Approach To The Season
Christmas is just a few weeks away. So often what is meant to be a celebration of hope and promise becomes one of frantic preparation and frazzled nerves. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Let the Holidays Be
Though the holiday season is supposed to be a time of celebration and love, it often brings with it stress and anxiety beyond what we experience during the other ten months of the year.
Copyright © 2004 by Nathan Tabor
Nathan Tabor is a conservative political activist based in Kernersville, North Carolina. He has
his BA in Psychology and his Master’s Degree in Public Policy. He is a contributing editor at
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