Wednesday, December 28, 2005

War on Christmas?

Common Grounds Online: John Muether, Closed for Christmas: "D. G. Hart has keenly observed that the culture wars are curiously misaligned with the worship wars. Evangelicals are firmly entrenched on the right in the former. But in the latter, they are far to the left even of mainline Protestants, who have some remnant sensitivity to correct forms and worship propriety (and who will conduct worship on Christmas morning). In other words, conservative Protestants passionately battle relativism for six days of the week only after fervently practicing it on the first day.

This is the real story behind the Christmas closings of 2005. Evangelicals are politically conscious and liturgically indifferent, and so it becomes far more important to protest loudly in the public square to preserve their rights than actually to exercise them quietly in the sanctuary, on the day that the Lord has prescribed in his Word.

We sure don’t want to miss the opportunity to remind every Jew or Muslim or secularist that Jesus is the reason for the season. But when the Lord’s Day dawns on December 25, 2005, we will become the unchurched."

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