I know that this is a weird and quite unusual statement, especially from a self-professed Christian. However, we always hear the statement, that Jesus is the reason for the season, and although I’m mostly in aggreance with that statement, I’d like to take that particular philosophy to task for a moment.
Let’s go to work.
Many non-Christians, or those who feel that they have transcended the rest of us do to Christians what they accuse Christians of doing to non-Christians: they take someone’s philosophy and/or theology and shove it down our throat as though it is the truth. This is also the same thing that we as Christians do. We take our beliefs and shove them down the throats of non-believers, or even those who don’t believe as strongly as we believe. In fact many Christians have invented this notion of “the war on Christmas” as yet another excuse to hegemonically (if that’s a real word) force their opinons and beliefs on others.
However, it is interesting the facts that are presented by the transcended Christians and other non-Christians to support the fact that the character that we recognize as Jesus was probably not born around the winter solstice as we wonderfully celebrate each year. Although there are no biblical facts to swing the argument in either way aside from this star, which according to some scholars was really more of a literary jab at Caesar Augustus really saying that in fact this Jesus born to Mary and Joseph in Bethelehem is the Annointed One and not Augustus. That being said, I think that it does bear some notice to the fact just how twisted have we in western society twisted this notion of “Jesus Is the Reason for the Season.”
Jesus never was the central focus of how western society celebrated this time of the year. In fact much of this tradition of Christmas was birthed out of the multi-cultural historical celebrations of the solstices, one in summer celebrating the longest day of the year and one in winter celebrating the shortest day of the year in anticipation of spring yet to come. Celebrating the birth of Christ, was yet another way that Christians forced their beliefs down the throats of the conquered–I mean converted–peoples of Europe, Asia, Northeast and Northern Africa thanks to that wonderful Pope Constantine I!!!
So in fact, if one were to be historically accurate, this “war on Christmas” as we know it was actually started by us Christians!!!
The non-Christians were simply responding in the only way they knew how to resist being conquered–dammit, I mean converted, I keep on doing that, sorry. They responded in the only way they knew how, they knew how to, after a war had been declared on their traditions and values, then they in turn declared a war on Christmas.
So as this post will have a December 25th timestamp, and all of this empty rhetoric of “reasons for various seaons” and “wars on Christmas” and the “X-ing” out of Christmas and the ubiquitous “commercialization of Christmas” let us remember that the real reason for the season is not the Christ child, but rather the celebration of the conquering nature of Constantine who was a converted Christian, who concocted Christmas just so he could be remembered.
Keep it uppity, JLL