Like it or not, Western society- and by and large American society- was built on Christian values and principles.
We could argue over how vile and corrupt Western civilization has been. How we've waged terrible wars around the world. Promoted slavery for centuries. Treated some of our own terribly. You could try to make the claim that these terrible aspects of Western culture are a result of its founders' and citizens' reliance on the Bible and Christian values.
But while the rest of the world also engaged in war, slavery, and oppression, it is the principles inspired by Christianity that have motived the West in trying to end these evils.
In fact, the freedoms we enjoy- like free speech, religion, and press- were added to the Constitution by men moved by their faith, or at least the principles of the Bible. Before the Bill of Rights, few countries went so far to guarantee their citizens' liberties. Even today Western nations often infringe on citizens' rights, despite embracing freedom.
Again, the rest of the world, in many cases, refuses to provide their people with such open freedoms. Perhaps that's because they have not embraced Christian values?
But what does this have to do with Christmas, you ask? Everything. The reason this time of year for many is special, the reason they buy gifts, decorate their houses, travel to see family, is because of the joy and celebration that comes with the birth of Christ.
Not everyone in America celebrates Christmas. And of the ones that do, not all of them specifically acknowledge Jesus as the focus of their celebration. That's okay. America is a land of freedom for everyone, not just Christians or Bible thumpers.
In the same way people can enjoy the freedoms of the United States without sharing the same faith as the founding fathers, people can enjoy the spirit of the season even though they don't celebrate Christmas in the same way.
Sure there are other holidays that fall around the same time. But if you removed Christmas from our culture, there'd be no reason to celebrate. Significantly fewer people celebrate holidays like Hanukah and Kwanza. While these holidays embrace family, celebration, and giving, they are not as inclusive as Christmas.
We wouldn't see cities get decorated in holly and lights. We wouldn't have the memorable music. We wouldn't see a boom in our economy from Black Friday shopping and sales, geared toward helping people get gifts.
But beyond all that, Christmas is a special time to put aside our differences, disagreements, and problems to show kindness, respect, and goodwill toward all people.
Yet in our society, we've seen an ongoing war on this most wonderful time of the year.
The core of the holiday- the celebration of the birth of Christ- has been systematically removed from our culture. For decades the image of baby Jesus in the manger has been replaced by Santa Claus, reindeer, and elves. Classic carols about angelic visitations, glory to God, and little drummer boys have been co-opted by ballads about snow, romance, and kissing a fat man under a tree.
You can speculate all you want about the reason for this, but it's pretty clear when you think about it. There has always been a group of secular humanists in our country, people who despise the idea of God. They have fought to remove faith from our culture by any means necessary. Obviously, a holiday celebrated by the entire nation that remembers the birth of the son of God has to go.
But replacing Christmas with "X-mas" and Jesus with Santa wasn't enough. In recent decades we've seen the common refrain "Merry Christmas" replaced with the empty "Happy Holidays." Who the heck says "Happy Holidays"? This boring and uninspired slogan was simply contrived to rob people of the joy of celebrating Christmas.
You might be thinking, "But what about all those people that don't celebrate Christmas!?? They will be offended by you kindly offering them good cheer by saying Merry Christmas!"
Really? I've been on this earth for 32 years. Not once when I said "Merry Christmas" to a person did they get offended. I doubt many Jews, Muslims, or African-Americans that celebrate Kwanza (which is not a mutually exclusive holiday to Christmas) would be up in arms if I said "Merry Christmas" instead of "Happy Holidays."
You know who would? Liberal secular humanists that don't celebrate any holidays. These people, confirmed atheists, refuse to embrace the cheer and spirit of the season and for some reason, don't want us to do so either.
But instead of living and letting live, they are going a step further to even deny the existence of Jesus.
Anti-Christmas grinches have upped the ante in the annual war on Christmas, moving beyond opposition to Nativity scenes and Wise Men to denying the very existence of Jesus.
A new article in Big Think claims that more and more, “historians and bloggers alike are questioning whether the actual man called Jesus existed.”
Trendy atheists like Richard Dawkins and the late Christopher Hitchens also dabbled in the denial of the historical Jesus, with Dawkins asserting that it is possible “to mount a serious, though not widely supported, historical case that Jesus never lived at all, and Hitchens averring that Jesus’ existence is ‘highly questionable.’” (via Breitbart)
These people's flimsy argument against Christ is built around the fact that there are not many primary sources that confirm his existence. Except, you know, the entire New Testament.
What Dawkins and other so-called "experts" fail to acknowledge is that most historical figures from over 2000 years ago have as much documentation to confirm their existence as Jesus Christ. In fact, there is more to prove he existed than other important people.
As one more sensible atheist has written, we possess “about as much evidence for Jesus as we have for other, analogous preachers and prophets of his time. In fact, we have slightly more for him than most.”...
Or as Dr. James Kennedy, himself a Christian, has written: “The evidence is all on Christianity’s side. Let’s take a tally: twenty seven books of the New Testament, nineteen pagan writers, and three Jewish writers testify to Jesus Christ’s historical reality.” (via Breitbart)
So why are they trying so hard to erase the existence of Jesus and destroy Christmas? Are these writers trying to disprove the existence of other historical figures? Are they going after Lincoln? Are they trying to disprove the existence of King Tut?
The war on Christmas is an ongoing battle against faith in America. Our country was founded on the principle that all people have the right to worship any way they see fit, without the powers at be or the government from robbing us of that right.
But the people attacking Christmas are offended by our open and unapologetic expressions of faith. Imagine that: an entire nation (along with much of the world) coming together every year to celebrate a holiday that is essentially about the son of God! Any good atheist would balk at such a reality.
Instead of just accepting that and moving on with their lives, these people want to eradicate our customs, culture, and 200 years of history.
But they will fail, as they often do, so long as we don't along them to destroy what matters most.
So embrace Christmas. Embrace your faith. Embrace the holidays that mean the most to you and your family.
Don't let anyone, rob you of your freedoms and belief.