Even atheists should be thankful for Christmas
A few weeks ago, in this column, I wrote that it is that time of the year, that “most wonderful time of the year”, when the thought police of our country come out of the woods for. tell us what we can and cannot say. I’ve written too many stories to count where our culture’s mind control minions have barricaded themselves behind their cash registers at Target and Starbucks, telling us what greetings we can and can’t use. I wrote about double talk and hypocrisy. I wrote about intolerance while pretending to be tolerant. I have written about Orwell’s obedient lemmings waving their Christmas banners of inclusion while shamelessly excluding anyone who dares to say, “Merry Christmas.”
This deceptive madness is not new. In fact, he’s been with us for years. Take the case of American Airlines flight 1140.
On December 23, 2015, a passenger was thrown from a plane at New York’s La Guardia Airport due to his reaction to an airline employee who wished him, shame for shame, a “Merry Christmas.” “.
As the story goes, this traveler was waiting to board the plane when the boarding agent greeted everyone with the traditional greetings of the season. The offended passenger responded by shouting, âYou shouldn’t say that. Not everyone celebrates Christmas.
Well, once we were seated inside our Mr. Scrooge was greeted by another American Airlines employee who was apparently oblivious to the previous exchange. This time, it’s an air hostess who made the same unforgivable mistake in wishing Ebenezer a ‘Merry Christmas’.
And that was the last straw. “Don’t say Merry Christmas,” raged Jack Frost before launching into a tirade in which he pretended to lecture the attendants, the pilot and everyone else within earshot about their festive misstep.
Refusing to calm down, he continued his tirade. The end result was that he was escorted off the plane as his audience of passengers erupted into cheers and applause as he left.
While this story may seem humorous due to its absurdity, we need to think about its serious side for a moment.
Consider, for example, the human premise that Christmas, i.e. the historicity of the birth of Christianity, is an offense and that this malcontent, and probably millions of others like him, would be better without it.
Our first reaction to this statement should be to ask a fundamental question. What would the world be like today if it hadn’t been for Christmas? In other words, what would life be like if our cranky traveler had what he wanted and the ‘ideas and deeds [of Christmas had not been] launched through the centuries and into the world â(Thomas Cahill); 2000 years ago?
Whether you are a fan of Christmas theology or just an open-minded historian, you have to admit the impact of the sociology and cosmology of the holiday on Western civilization. The point is, the story of Christ’s birth radically changed humanity’s understanding of life and the way we experience it. From Saul of Tarsus to Emperor Constantine, to Wesley, Wilberforce and Whitfield; in Chesterton and Lewis, millions of lives have gone from deceit and debauchery to compassion and love because of Christmas.
History teaches us that the Greek and Roman cultures stopped the practice of “exposure”, otherwise known as infanticide, because of Christmas. The Celts, Prussians, Aztecs and Mayans abandoned human sacrifices because of Christmas. Sexual fidelity and respect for marriage were normalized in the Roman Empire and throughout the West because of Christmas. Women were no longer seen as mere property and personal property because of Christmas. Compassion for the sick and the dying during the great plagues of Europe took place because of Christmas. Charity for the poor and the elderly became expected during the industrial revolution because of Christmas. Hospitals, orphanages, laws on child labor, education, economic freedom, labor dignity, civil rights, private property and racial equality have all been established and promoted because of Christmas. Slavery was abolished and the sanctity of all human life was celebrated because of Christmas.
Christmas changed the world. We are told in Matthew 1:21 that âHis name shall be called Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins,â and a brief review of history tells us that this is so true! Christmas not only saves us from our personal sins, but the “ideas and acts” of Christmas have saved us from the sins of others who before Christ was born would have ignored, used, oppressed, enslaved or even killed us. . us in the halls of their governments and on the altars of their gods.
So, to the uninformed and intolerant passenger of Flight 1140 and all like him, let us unite in wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and thanking God for it.
â¢ Everett Piper is currently a candidate for commissioner in Osage County, Oklahoma, and a columnist for the Washington Times.