Wednesday, December 27, 2017

A Minor Musing About The Forgotten Words Of Christmas

I was having a good Christmas break. Both of the young'uns were home for the first time in six years. Sra. made Swedish Meatballs. I baked plachinda, made knephla, and fried up some country style sausage from Double R Meats in Carson, North Dakota. Like Agent Dale Cooper's coffee, that sausage is "damn fine."

The young'uns left this morning, but FedEx delivered my new Pixel 2, so I could distract myself and not feel too sad. Then I read Cory's response to Gordie Howie's rant, and I began to wonder why some of my fellow believers even bothered to say Merry Christmas.

The hope of Christmas begins with a command repeated in Luke 1 and Luke 2: "Fear not." Because the verb fear has no direct object, it's likely that believers are enjoined to "Fear not the leftists and moderates" or "Fear not the Islamists" or "Fear not the nonexistent Leftist Islamists." Lest one accuse me of being a "Leftist or moderate" grammarian," I'll point out that Matthew 10:28 enjoins believers to fear not those who kill the body but be afraid of those who threaten the soul. The subtext of Howie's rant indicates he doubts Leftists or moderates or anyone but Howie knows what a soul is, so there shouldn't be much to fear.

I'm sure I've made this point before, but it bears repeating. When Jesus first sent out the disciples, he told them to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. Neither doves nor serpents bray fearful rants about Leftists or moderates or any other -ist. More importantly braying is not associated with either wisdom or innocence.

If there's a war on Christmas, it's a war on the tidings of joy to all people, a war that involves thinking of ourselves rather than glorifying God, and a war on the idea of peace on earth and good will toward men. It's a war that started because people who should know better forgot the injunction: "Fear not."