Christmas is almost here, and you know what that means, right? People getting offended over stupid shit!
This year the song “Baby It’s Cold Outside” was deemed to be “problematic” because of the line, “Hey, what’s in this drink?” To the offense-mongers, it suggested the male was trying to slip something into the woman’s drink so he could have sex with her. To people with working ears and an idea of context, it doesn’t.
Then, there’s the Huffington Post, who weighed in on an important issue concerning America right now: the old TV special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” was “problematic” because Rudolph was bullied. And people wonder why I need a vodka IV when dealing with them…
Christmas has been at the center of another controversy, one that has been going on for a while. People on the Right claim there’s a “War on Christmas” while people on the Left claim it’s not a thing. Is it a thing? Let’s find out!
the War on Christmas
What the Left thinks it means – a made-up controversy designed to make Christians look like victims in spite of not being victims
What the Right thinks it means – the Left’s attempt to remove God from the public sector in every form
What it really means – a controversy that neither side really has right
Yep, it’s going to be one of those Leftist Lexicon entries.
To put it mildly, the Left has an issue with Christians and Christianity in general. Part of this stems from the non-belief of those on the Left. These folks see Christianity as one big scam that steals money from the old, the weak-willed, and the ignorant. (Of course, these same Leftists don’t care say this about Islam, but why let a little thing like that spoil a narrative?) To be fair, the Left has history on its side. Back in the Middle Ages, the church was pretty much a branch of any monarchy, holding considerable sway and wealth in the royal courts. One day, the church leaders came up with the idea of selling prayers for loved ones who had passed or who were going to pass one day. And, thus, the selling of indulgences was born.
Since then, the power of the church has fallen off and nobody sells indulgences anymore, except maybe for a few televangelists who wouldn’t know God if He came up to them with a bright neon t-shirt that reads “Hi, My Name Is God. Yes, THAT God.” The issue is the Left hasn’t caught up yet. They’re holding onto a grudge longer than the Hatfields and McCoys.
However, this isn’t the main reason. The Left’s issue with Christianity is that it works outside of a government or regulatory framework. All that is required for Christianity to work is…faith in God. Even then, people of faith falter on the path to Heaven. We make mistakes, sin, and sometimes it winds up online. The Left’s view of Christians is that of the nerdiest person ever, so when a Christian fails, the Left can hold it up as an example of why all of Christianity is flawed and, therefore, not to be trusted. Oddly enough, they don’t apply this line of logic to their big government utopia, but again it’s protecting the narrative.
Today’s Leftists are more concerned about feelings than facts because they can control the narrative better. That’s why they’re trying to take the steam out of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” If they can get you to feel the way they do about these and other holiday traditions, they can get you to start thinking like them. Of course, the way they do this is by omitting context, which makes their explanations less plausible than James Comey’s testimony before Congress at any time. The song is flirtatious, but doesn’t automatically lead to date rape…especially if you reverse the genders, as many singing duos have done. And as far as poor Rudolph is concerned, he overcame the bullying and became beloved. How is that not a positive message? Maybe Leftists have lost the ability to have fun, but that doesn’t apply to the rest of us.
Now, before you start writing in about how I’m proving there is a War on Christmas, let me bring things back to the center. Although there is certainly active and passive hostility against Christmas by Leftists, it’s not really a war as such. For one, there isn’t actual violence yet. Given ANTIFA’s “hit with bike locks first, pretend it never happened later” approach, though, that may yet come to pass. Granted, not every war is physical in nature (see the War on Poverty or the War on Drugs), but to use the concept of war for something involving snowmen, talking reindeer, and a Dr. Seuss character is a bit out there, even for me. And that’s saying something!
Another problem I have with the War on Christmas is the opponents. Aside from the aforementioned ANTIFA, they’re more whiny than wicked. That doesn’t give the Right cause to be whiny in response, though. We’re supposed to be the adults here. So what if Starbucks uses a red cup that doesn’t mention Christmas? We’re not their target market! Instead of whining about what color cups Starbucks uses or what messages are and aren’t on said cups, make your own! It will be ultimately cheaper in the long run and, best of all, you won’t have to be dealing with Leftist whiners or people who wait in line for 20 minutes only to try to decide what they want to drink the second they get to the counter.
The biggest issue I have with the Right’s “War on Christmas” rhetoric is it creates an impression of persecution where little actually exists. The Left hasn’t figured out how to completely prevent God from being in the public square, but they’ve figured out how to take the trappings of God away. We should thank God that the Left hasn’t created agnostic reeducation camps for people of faith yet, and I still think that’s a long ways down the road. I mean, these folks can’t even figure out which bathroom to use, for the love of Pete! Do you think they’ll get a handle on how to run a gulag before the next time we see actual global warming?
There is real persecution of Christians out there, no matter what the Left says. Not being able to have a Nativity scene in a public park because of a gross misinterpretation of the First Amendment (thanks, Supreme Court and ACLU), although troubling, isn’t real persecution. When the government in any form decides to remove God from the homes by force, that’s where persecution starts.
The thing that gets me the most is how many Christians let the physical trappings of Christmas become more important than God. A Nativity scene reminds us of Christ’s birth, but it doesn’t replace it. For people of faith, the knowledge God exists and has a hand in our lives should be a balm for whatever ill we see in the world because we know Our Redeemer lives. That’s the best Christmas gift ever, and I say this as someone who got an Atari 2600 back in the day! The world of Man will always find a way to affront us, but walking with God gives us the strength to resist.
So, in the spirit of the holiday, I urge the Left and the Right to drop the War on Christmas talk and just try to enjoy life once before the year ends. Leftists, you’re not going to be forced to go to church and live a Handmaid’s Tale style existence if you let Christians put up a Nativity scene. Rightists, you’re not going to wake up on Christmas Day to Hell on Earth if you don’t complain about the lack of God in the public square. Pick your battles, people!
And Merry Christmas!