Sunday, November 29, 2009
I recently got into to a discussion with someone about this idea of Christ and Christmas being left out or shut from the commercialized secular world. It's "happy holidays" and the "season's greetings" and whatever terminology they use such as "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday." Here's my take: I would prefer that they, the commercialized, secularized, shop till you drop society, keep Jesus' name out of it. That's right I am on their side. Please do not mention the name of Christ or Christmas during this season of the material grab. What is taking place; the stress of holiday shopping, the long lines, the great sales, the overheated charge cards, the idiotic commercials with holiday jingles is not what Jesus Christ is about, so please don't associate His name with it, thank you very much. If you are the protestanized, "Joel Osteen" brand of Christianity, you might take up the cause, for the name of Christ is only thing that separates you from the secular world anyway, the truth is your beliefs are congruent with theirs. Secularized Catholics are also in the same boat. We have become a Christian nation that worships the golden calf. Except the calf is Bass Pro, Best Buy, Macy's, Target, Wal-Mart, Sears etc. We subscribe to America's values, but what are they? You have the right to consume. If you do not have the financial means to consume, do not worry you can charge it, if financial institutions, mortgage lenders, auto manufacturers, etc. do not have the means, don't worry the government will provide, if the government doesn't have the means don't worry, they'll print more money. In fact everything we do as a government is to protect and promulgate you spending money, to consume things. That is the meaning of life to be able to produce and consume. If you can't produce, you are worthless (consider Terry Schiavo) and God forbid if choose not consume, you are a weirdo. What doe this have to do with Jesus Christ, the Saviour, Redeemer of sinful, fallen man?
Posted by Paul Bernacchio at 3:44 PM