Our culture and heritage is under assault from the secular progressive Left. That is beyond dispute. But as defenders of our judeochristian heritage, we must also recognize that–in particular with respect to some of our religious traditions–the assault is double pronged. It is coming at us from two directions, and not only are we unaware of it, but we are active participants.
A movement like the Advent Conspiracy is countercultural on two fronts – not just fighting the secular idea that Christmas is a month-long shopping and decorating ritual, but the powerful conservative notion that the holiday requires acknowledgement from the nation’s retailers to be truly meaningful. It’s not easy, says one youth pastor whose church is part of the Advent Conspiracy. “When you start jacking with people’s idea of what Christmas is and you start to go against this $450 billion machine of materialism and consumerism, it really messes with people,” he explains. “It takes a lot of patience to say there’s a different way – Christmas doesn’t have to be like this.”
The commercialization of Christmas is not our friend. Just as a reminder with the coming approach of Christmas, gentle readers, just what the season is really about. Otherwise we are defending nothing but an empty husk.