Your View: Guest column - Is there really a war on Christmas?
BY TONY WATTS
For those who insist that there is a war on Christmas, I want to insert my puny two-cents-worth into the debate. I, for one, don’t believe there is such a war, and for those who think so, let me ask a few questions.
Do you really believe there is a war on the very season that, for some odd reason, magnifies love, compassion, and charitable giving as Christmas does, or that some crusade against Santa, Rudolph, or Frosty the Snowman really exists. And do you really think some foolish enough to combat the American spend and overspend mentality that oft catapults an otherwise flat economy into the black, i.e. “Black Friday.”
So, my answer is “no.” There is no war on love, compassion or charity. Even Santa, Rudolph and Frosty seem pretty safe amidst these claims of “war.” So, again, there is no war on the modern mutant version of the merry day we have all come to know as “Christmas.”
As true as that might be, there is, however, a war against the one in whose honor the holiday exists in the first place. It is a war waged against the logical connection between the holiday and its history and the problems that any conceded evidence of God’s existence might entail.
It is a war against the declaration of God’s existence in historic, certain, and obviously, unpleasant terms, and reminds us of the very fact noted by the late Francis Schaeffer, “God is there, and he is not silent.” This is the very voice against which atheists and their philosophical first cousins, secularists, fight in their “Keep the Merry, Drop the Myth” ad campaign in NY — referring, of course, to Jesus.
This war, then, rages against the insertion of God back into the fabric of human history, the very reason, I am sure, that this war rages as it does. It is the very reason that He has been banned from public display at Christmas or public mention at other times and in other venues.
It is modern man’s attempt to kill the opposing child in the manger — to erase the babe’s image from the public psyche as the viable threat to the current moral, political and legal status quo that He is.
Evidently, this one child plucks God from the impersonal abstractions and craftily engineered religious uncertainties with which our entire culture has become willfully and damningly comfortable, and clothes Him in concrete human flesh, as John’s Gospel so succinctly notes, “And the word was made flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14).
It is a typical power struggle, a fight to rule the proverbial roost — the same reason Herod sought to kill the young child some 2,000 years ago.
The war, then, is not against the day upon which the human heart’s longings for peace and good will rise or the charity induced by its strange widespread effect, but upon the only one in whom such longings can logically find fulfillment.
What else would lead men to think they can commandeer the benefits of the Christmas season but foolishly sever and discard the only logical lifeline to which those same benefits are attached — Christ.
Humanity, it seems, remains true to form, sinful (Romans 1:28), thus the ultimate need for the very one against whom our own country now wages war (John 3:17).
Tony Watts is a preacher and writer who lives in Thomasville.