Trust atheists to horn in on the act when it’s a good thing. The good thing is the Mass that celebrates the birth of our savior, Jesus of Nazareth who became the Christ. Hence Christ Mass, or, as even the godless ones know it, Christmas.
Unfortunately for the penitential season that is Advent, Christmas has been bent to suit the times: a mindless celebration of commerce and over indulgence by most, even those who profess to worship the Son of God as their savior.
Count me with the Puritans: Christmas is a joyous event, but it in no way shape or form should be considered merely an opportunity to be “good for goodness sake.” Not where that “goodness” has zero to do with God’s ultimate gift to us: His Son.
As with the Puritans, Christmas should be a time of quiet celebration, with its sole focus on preparing ourselves to greet our Savior. Hence the penitential nature of Advent: prepare yourself, body, mind, and soul. Empty yourself of evil; prepare to be filled with the Goodness that is God’s alone.
Which brings me to the latest stupidity in the annual Christmas wars: humanists have unveiled a clever advertising campaign in Washington, D.C. (where else?) that tells us “Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness’ sake.” Too clever by half.
Let’s start with why anyone who does not believe that Jesus is the Son of God, sent by God for the sole purpose of our salvation, would celebrate a Mass for Christ? Oh, that’s right. Because now Christmas is actually not related to Christ. Let’s call it ******mas. No Christ here. Just a secular holiday of no particular meaning. But, as the atheists tell us, “be good for goodness sake.” Whatever that may mean.
And therein lies the biggest problem with atheists. How do they define what is “good?” The answer is, there’s only one source: The first six letters of that winter holiday. The only reliable guide to what good means: God, His Son, the Christ, as revealed through His Scriptures.
Atheists and others who are not Christian are welcome to believe as they do, of course. They are not welcome to tell us to be “good” absent a belief in what defines goodness. Were I not Christian I would tell the humanists quite a few things that I won’t write here…