Have You Noticed the Irony?
Have you noticed any irony about all the folks who have been making so much noise about the alleged “War on Christmas”? The folks at Fox News and Republicans in congress who are put off when stores proclaim “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” while simultaneously giving enthusiastic support for the war in Iraq and cutting Medicaid and Food Stamps for the poor. Does this strike you as just a little bit ironic?
It seems they are more concerned with preserving some cultural vestiges of civil religion than with actually giving any credence to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. How could they truly celebrate the One who is named “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6), who taught his disciples to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44) while at the same time acting as cheerleaders for an unnecessary and unjust war and would like the CIA be free to use torture against suspected enemies.
It’s ironic to me that these same folks get exercised about a Christmas tree on public property being designated a “Holiday” tree and then turn around to vote in favor of making Federal budget cuts on the backs of the poor while making tax cuts for the wealthy permanent. All this supposedly in the name of celebrating the Christ who came to proclaim good news to the poor (Luke 4:18).
What a strange world we live in.