A Christmas Message

Posted on December 25, 2011 by

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Lets take a moment out of our busy holiday schedules to inject the real reason for the season into recent political activities:

As a rejection against America’s longstanding socialist principles, the Tea Party Neo-Cons and older hardcore Christian conservatives have argued against social safety-nets, and in favor of pulling “yourself up by your bootstrap.” To them handouts are anti-Christian: We hear “Jesus was not a socialist.” We hear “God helps him who helps himself” (The thief’s motto).

The Neo-Cons have complained that President Obama had the audacity to exclude God from Thanksgiving; and they allege, based upon the Whitehouse’s Christmas card, the president will violate the central message of Christmas as well.

A central motif in the Christmas story:

The three wise men are… bearing gifts as they travel afar. They travel along fields and past fountains, through moors and over mountain; they are following a distant star. In other words, they are not living their lives in accordance with the politician of the day (King Herod), the three wise men are following a higher principle.

The Three Wise Men’s Higher Principles:

The Three Wise Men, representatives of the 1%, went to extreme lengths to ensure that the illegitimate child of a poor transient Jewish couple was given sufficient handouts to sustain him for the rest of his life.

Despite protests to the contrary, socialism imposes Christian values upon the economy and its markets. What knowledgeable Christian would deny that Paul commanded the community to provide for the needs of children, the elderly and all who are in need. And, Jesus instructs the rich man that he must disperse all of his wealth among those in need before he can claim he is a follower of Jesus. Indeed, from a historical Christian perspective, modern Christianity is anti-Christianity – The false doctrine of the anti-Christ whose deception was so complete that he has led the entire Church astray without anyone taking notice.

Glen Beck would call a modern Jesus a Socialist because of his expression of sound Christian economic propositions. Pat Buchanan would argue Jesus was an illegal alien. The media would humiliate Jesus when it found out he was having a relationship with a prostitute. And Sarah Palin would promote national distrust on the grounds that Jesus roams the country with a mob of would-be thugs.

If the Neo-Cons’ “universal principles” collapse when being applied universally, those principles must be rejected as not being universal. The fact is – Religious principles have evolved over time. Only in remote corners of Afghanistan and Pakistan are rape victims still expected to marry the rapist. Yet, Deuteronomy 22: 28-29 reads: If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, he shall pay her father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.

Neo-Cons comb the Scriptures for quotes but ignore the bulk of the Christian message. The underlying message of Christmas is – For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. And, it is out of our respect for that Love that we too are to love our fellow man. In the Spirit of God and the spirit of the Wise Men we, as a society, are to give to those less fortunate. That is the principle of socialism – Each according to our abilities providing for each according to their need.

Its Christmas. We’ll save our rant against SPUSA for New Year’s Eve.

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