Franklin Graham and the ‘War on Christmas’

Franklin Graham and the ‘War on Christmas’ December 5, 2014

Franklin Graham, son of the legendary Billy Graham but far more right wing, has a quite hysterical column in Charisma News about the non-existent “War on Christmas.” Naturally, the whole point of this war that doesn’t exist is not to destroy Christmas but to destroy the baby Jesus. Or something.

Millions of Christians around the world soon will be celebrating the birth of Christ. In many places, like ancient Bethlehem where Jesus was born, commemorating the birth of the Savior is still the main focus. Unfortunately, the United States in the last few decades has witnessed increased hostility toward the sacred nature of Christmas, erupting into what has become a blatant war on Christmas…

But none of this should surprise us.

That’s because at its root and core, the war on Christmas isn’t really about Christmas at all—it’s about the Son of God. The war on Christmas is a war on Christ and His followers. It’s the hatred of our culture for the exclusive claims that Christ made: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6)…

We should not be taken aback, then, when a day that should be devoted to meditating upon the marvelous, virgin birth of the Lord Jesus Christ is instead treated in a scandalously secular way that denies His deity and saving work.

The name of Christ is an offense to the unbelieving world. The mention of His birth, or life, or death and resurrection, is an insult.

No, this kind of egregious bullshit is an insult. The “war on Christmas” is a marketing slogan, nothing more. And the product it sells is fear because that’s what keeps the money rolling in to keep people like Graham living in the manner to which they’ve become accustomed.

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