The mass of Christ is celebrated as an expression of our 2000 year old civilisation. Christmas is for most people nothing more than a series of headaches, parties and bulging credit card debt. It is empty of serious purpose. For the vast majority of society it is a hypocritical period. Christians are to be laughed and sneered at for their belief in a 4000 year old planet and the quaint idea that some ancient Jewish radical was the son of God. In the struggle with fascist Islam for dominance of the planet it is perhaps useful to appreciate the importance of the mass of Christ.
One does not have to be a practicing Christian to fully understand the massive, undeniable roots of the modern world to be found in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Like so much in Western history the Christian tradition is now ridiculed, debased and slandered. Yet the entire construct of our modern world can be traced to the Jewish-Christian heritage, ideals and morality of an ideology, which along with the rational Enlightenment has created the modern world.
Our civilization is a great one – the most magnificent, moral, elevated, wealthiest and scientific that history has ever seen. Western countries are the best places in the world in which to live. Western nations are the most progressive, enlightened and morally aware constructs which have been created. Instead of laughing at Christian ideals maybe people should learn to respect some aspects of their own history. If you don’t respect your own history, you can’t defend freedom and civilization. Pagan fascisms like Islam will then swagger in, to fill the vacuum.
The mass of Christ is not only a time to celebrate the concept of God but to observe the important aspects of Christianity. A God fearing society puts man into his proper place. Somewhere between the beasts and angels do men find themselves – certainly not pristine but able to manage and civilize base instincts. Without a God-centricity men become puerile, sterile, and infantile, living a life of narcissism and egotistical fulfillment. Nothing matters to the godless including defending civilization. Who cares about freedom and historical progress if your sole purpose on earth is selfish gluttony?
Certainly there are some problems with the Church and its teaching. To my mind most of the Church organs are undeniably left-wing, Marxist, anti-capitalist and morally equivocal between the West and Islam. This is however a matter of Church politics and personality and not doctrine. For the West to survive the Islamic onslaught and its 1400 pagan war against civilization the Church will be forced back to its medieval roots. In medieval times the Church supported not only charity and good causes, but capital investments, innovations and the arts. It was not the static, anti-heretical, pro-Inquisitional artifact portrayed by the liberal media. Without the Church there is no Western civilization.
Other objections with respecting Christianity and celebrating the mass of Christ have to do with the literal reading of the Bible. The Bible is a collection of stories, ideas, parables, examples and moral guidelines. It is not to be taken literally. Who in the modern world wants to hear once again, about St. Paul’s letters to the Corinthians or listen to some old man in a church drone on about Leviticus for the 1000th time? No one. The church needs to make itself relevant to the modern world by interpreting the ideas of the Bible – which are mightily relevant – to the current age. Most churches utterly fail to do this.
Christianity is important not because people think a man [Jesus] ascended to heaven, or that he was a son of some God. Christianity is important because it codifies some of the most important innovations in human history. Charity, helping the poor, respecting women, respecting and freeing slaves, aiding the sick, respecting private property, doing unto others as you would have done unto you, and giving to Caesar’s what is Caesar’s and giving to God what is God’s [the division of Church and State]. These are important elements of our modern life. What the Bible did not teach was that profit accumulation was noble [Christ taught that usury was bad], and that enterprise was necessary. In that regard – in terms of economics, innovation, and finance – Christ was wrong. But on the softer social philosophies he was undoubtedly right.
So why not celebrate our Christian – Enlightenment culture and fuse together the Francis Bacon-Newton-Copernican-Darwinian revolution with that of a poor Rabbi from a hard land under Roman occupation 2000 years ago. There is nothing wrong with having pride in a history that has created the greatest civilization ever known to man – our Western Civilisation. If you don’t believe that is true, then have fun working on December 25th. After all I assume you are not hypocritical enough to denounce Christianity and our great civilization and then repose on Christ’s mass.