Here we go again. Every year the atheist groups throughout America become hell bent on attacking the message of Christmas. Do you ever get tired of this assault on our faith and American tradition? What are the underlying reasons for these anti-God scrooges to continue to spend billions of dollars across the country in their efforts to spoil the wonder of our most celebrated national holiday?
These past several days the atheists purchased a very expensive add on one of Time Square’s largest electronic billboards. The headline reads, “Who Need Christ in Christmas? Nobody!” They place an X through the name of Christ. They strategically placed this billboard in one of the most visible locations in the world and they are willing to pay the big bucks for such exposure. The location of this message may prove to be a huge mistake by our unbelieving friends. I live only 40 miles from that spot and I know that the overwhelming majority is disgusted by their venomous rhetoric. The shoppers in mid-town Manhattan don’t want to have sign spoil the wonder of Christmas. I would be surprised if 1% of the passerby’s appreciate that message. My prayer is that this feeble attempt to persuade multitudes in midtown will turn out to discredit these lost souls and produce the opposite effect of what they intended.
Before giving my opinion about possible underlying reasons why these infidels would attempt to ruin Christmas, let me first confess that I was one of them. Up to the time of my conversion I was an atheist who was convinced I had a corner on the truth on why there was no God. I would speak to anyone who would listen to me and explain to them why belief in a God was a foolish and misguided faith that only the uneducated and naïve would embrace. It wasn’t until my life and my family began falling apart that I became open to the claims of Christ. After experiencing a powerful transformation of my entire being, I immediately saw the foolishness of my former claims. After all, it is stated two times in Scripture that, “A fool says in his heart that there is no God.”
Let me now attempt to identify why these atheists believe and behave the way they do.
Could it be that these poor souls are acting out in this godless manner because they came from families where there was an absence of values, faith and clear reason for existence? They often come across with an angry spirit that appears to be full of bitterness and hate. They attempt to infringe on another’s belief system with a revulsion that cannot be denied. I sometimes wonder if they can help themselves.
Could it be that the atheist harbors a deep rooted rebelliousness that rejects any authority that would require their obedience? This is the person who has long been a taker in our society, not a giver. Their rampage has been allowed to continue all through their life with little correction at all. They have no regard for God and little regard for His children. With discuss and disdain they look down their long noses at us poor unfortunate souls.
Could it be that these empty shells could not imagine believing in a God who would dare place any checks on their behavior? In other words, they will not believe because their belief would require their obedience and acknowledgement of God. Their god is none other than themselves. Everybody has to serve somebody or something and they have concluded that they are sovereign and will bow to no other god!
Could it be that when Christmas and Easter come along these foolish, lost souls become agitated for the fact that light exposes the darkness in which they live? They are like the cockroaches that scatter with the kitchen light is turned on in the middle of the night. They feel cornered and condemned and respond with their hateful words. Instead of helping others who are in trouble along life’s highway, they are the ones who kick mud in their faces and continue on their path toward a Christless eternity!
Yes, it is true that God loves these lost sheep and He continues to go after their hearts. We, who profess faith in the Christ of Christmas, must pray for the ones who so vehemently oppose the truth of the Gospel. After all, they will perish unless they are rescued from themselves and a waiting perdition. They have a great big hole in their heart and that can only be filled by the love of Christ.
What about their annual attempt to remove Christ from Christmas? When we think about their futile efforts, we have to stop and remind ourselves that Jesus was born, He lived, He died for our sin and He is coming back to judge this world no matter what the atheist says. Every one of us will have to give an account for the way we live our life and I sure wouldn’t want to be the shocked unbeliever on that day!
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Regardless of whether you are a Christian, believe in Judiasm, Buddhism, Hindi or any other religion or that you don't believe at all, there is one glaring point here that the atheists and all non-Christians need to remember, without Christ there is no Christmas. The holiday is a time set aside to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ; it is not meant to be a time to have parties, give gifts to each other, company parties, Christmas trees, colorful lights, spending more money than we should, etc., it is set aside as a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Therefore, if we remove Christ from Christmas, we no longer have a holiday to celebrate; at least not as Christmas. If this is what they want, then I suggest that 1) they rename the holiday and allow Christians to find another time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and 2) we return to work and no longer have a break from school, work, etc. on December 25th. Business as usual as there is no longer a reason to celebrate it as the birth of Christ.
It is so easy for them to "cash in" on the holiday, for businesses to use it to make their largest sales (that means both the manufacturers and the retailers) of the year and for service providers (hotels, restaurants, airlines, and all other industries tied to travel) to make their money, as well. So, ask them whether they want to leave Christ in Christmas as well as without this, there is no holiday and they no longer make the money they generate at this time of the year.
For truely dedicated Christians, it would not make a difference as they would continue to celebrate the birth of Christ, just without all the secular add ons.
Excellent article & comments, Linda. Christians and Christmas seem to be an easy target for many atheists & some non-Christians. Tolerance is a one way street for them. No live & let live. How is Christmas harming them? As you pointed out they have no problem reaping in the associated benefits. Many enjoy the holiday celebrations even if they don't believe in Christ as their Savior. Do atheists ever attack Muslims, Muhammad or their holidays?
Phil Robertson, patriarch on Duck Dynasty, does an interview with GQ magazine, expresses his views as a born-again Christian and gets suspended from the show by A&E because GLAAD was offended. Agree with him or not, what happened to free speech? Guess only if it’s the right kind. Tolerance is a one way street for the Left. He said, among several other things like certain bad behaviors by heterosexuals, that homosexuality was a sin, but it was not his place to judge. Gays on the Duck Dynasty film crew have only nice things to say about him & the family so what is the problem with GLAAD? This will not help A&E any. A&E already knew about their Christian beliefs when they started the show. It's a part of the program. Maybe another station will be interested.
How come atheists don't attack Kawanza and their celebration? I agree that these people were born into homes that had no warmth and love. They also, apparently were born with cold hearts and their parents never bothered to talk to them about God or encouraged them to attend church. But, apparently they were encouraged to reap the benefits. I have no problem with people not agreeing with my views on Christianity or any other of my views but why is it that they try to make their beliefs the law of the land. Are these the same people who were so opposed to smoking in general and second hand smoke - well that was just terrible. Although there has been a study showing that you cannot get Cancer or heart disease from second hand smoke. Is this just an effort on the part of a segment of the American population that is trying to program all of us! Sounds like a bunch of left wing commies to me!
I believe one reason Kwanzaa isn't attacked by the left is that it was made up by a black communist (Maulana Karenga) as a black alternative to Christmas. To my knowledge, not many blacks celebrate it.
Sandy...They do around here. They have a huge festivel in a park and wear all the Kwanza garb. So, this way they have two Christmas celebrations. Which means more "stuff."
Sandy, I was not able to substantiate that Ronald McKinley Everett (Dr. Maulana Karenga) was a black communist. Yes, he was a follower of Malcolm X but there is no mention anywhere that I could find that he was a communist. Further, I believe it depends on the part of the Country where you live, as in Spokane there is a big festival, as in Seattle, Portland and a lot of other areas around the Country celebrating Kwanzaa. You are so right, Tara Jane, just another means to "more stuff". I remember in Spokane they do wear the clothing of African and they have a big parade and then the community center in the predominately Black area of Spokane has a big dinner and celebration.
I do believe that all of this push against Christians is just as you say Tara Jane, a movement of the American Communist Party which has so taken over the ACLU. Sandy, that is why I wanted to confirm Dr. Karenga was a communist and so if you can find info to support this for certain I would appreciate it.
“Socialist activist and black nationalist” http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=2222
“Karenga was convicted of two counts of felonious assault and one count of false imprisonment. He was sentenced on Sept. 17, 1971 to serve one to ten years in prison. After being released from prison in 1975, he remade himself as Maulana Ron Karenga, went into academics, and by 1979 was running the Black Studies Department at California State University in Long Beach and converted to Marxism. Kwanzaa's seven principles include "collective work" and "cooperative economics." He is still there and everyone has almost forgotten the cruel and vicious attacks committed on his fellow blacks. Kwanzaa has been successfully marketed and is now heralded as a great African tradition.”http://www.nathanielturner.com/karenga2.htm
“...Karenga is a Marxist who created Kwanzaa to promote Marxist values...”http://www.weirdrepublic.com/episode77.htm
“...African-American author and Marxist political activist, best known as the founder of Kwanzaa...”
.. This man, who during lectures adopts the style and vocabulary of an African-American minister, all the while a devoted Marxist who has made several disparaging comments about Christianity...”
Thank you Sandy.
by David W. Almasi | Dec 27, 2012
Right now – during the week beginning right after Christmas through New Year’s Day – some blacks and their liberal enablers celebrate Kwanzaa.
To most people, Kwanzaa would appear to be the observance of a traditional African celebration. That’s what the Kwanzaa kingpins want people to think. Kwanzaa’s origin really lies with the 71-year-old current chairman of the Cal State-Long Beach Africana Studies Department, Maulana Karenga.
Kwanzaa is originally the product of Karenga’s black nationalism – created back when he was involved with a group called United Slaves.
Karenga, quoted by the Washington Post in 1978, is reported as candidly saying about Kwanzaa:
People think it’s African. But it’s not. I wanted to give black people a holiday of their own. So I came up with Kwanzaa. I said it was African because you know black people in this country wouldn’t celebrate it if they knew it was American. Also, I put it around Christmas because I knew that’s when a lot of bloods [blacks] would be partying!
Karenga’s obviously intended interpretation of Kwanzaa is a far cry from the solemn explanations found in the mainstream media these days.
Project 21 member Stacy Swimp has a different interpretation of Kwanzaa. Looking at it from a conservative perspective, Stacy sees the basic tenets of Kwanzaa that the radically race-conscious Karenga laid down less than 50 years ago during initial days of LBJ’s now-debilitating Great Society programs can now be seen to hold a meaning that is very conservative in nature.
What Stacy sees in Kwanzaa won’t convince all conservatives to embrace the observance or even give it a second look. It doesn’t justify or endorse Kwanzaa’s radical leftist beginnings or apologize for the extremism of its tenured founder. But Stacy is taking a page out the leftist playbook in reinterpreting something and turning it against its creators.
Stacy wants to turn Kwanzaa into something that will instill conservative values.
Here’s what Stacy is thinking about Kwanzaa:
Starting on Dec. 26 through January 1 these days, many black Americans, predominantly-black institutions, the media and even some government (usually local) celebrate “Kwanzaa.”
Kwanzaa was founded by Maulana Karenga, now the chairman of the California State University at Long Beach’s Department of Africana Studies, in 1966. Karenga termed his creation of the new holiday “an audacious act of self-determination.”
Karenga, a noted atheist and Marxist, teaches that Kwanzaa is based on seven principles, which he calls the “Nguzo Saba” (the seven principles of African Heritage). He alleges this “is a communitarian African philosophy… the best of African thought and practice in constant exchange with the world.”
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According to Karenga’s book Kawaida Theory, the seven principles of Kwanzaa are supposed to be Swahili terms. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa is dedicated to one of the principles:
- December 26 – Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.
- December 27 – Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.
- December 28– Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.
- December 29– Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.
- December 30– Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
- December 31– Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
- January 1 – Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in God, our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.
I have seen many critics attack the celebration of Kwanzaa because its founder is atheist and a confirmed Marxist. Others condemn it for other reasons such as it detracts from the traditional holidays of the season and is separatist in nature.
I take a different approach.
I don’t have a problem with blacks who do choose to celebrate the principles of Kwanzaa. The main reason is because the principles are all quite conservative in nature. Despite this, I don’t know any black conservative who recognizes Kwanzaa as legitimate much less celebrates it.
What I’m saying is that – despite its firmly left-wing origins – Kwanzaa does appear to be something that liberals wouldn’t be promoting if they really took a close look at it. As it has entered the mainstream, the elements that Karenga included in his scheme to make it palatable to the masses at the time appear to have become the observance.
With Kwanzaa slipping out of the left’s control, it might be time for conservatives to help reinterpret it to reintroduce conservative values to the black community.
I believe that liberals who are now embracing Kwanzaa’s celebrated mainstream principles are actually deceiving themselves. The liberal agenda – with its devotion to big government and the welfare state – is a direct affront to each of the principles taught in the Kwanzaa celebration. Quite honestly, I would be very excited if liberals where to actually willing to put into practice these principles which they so superficially celebrate rather than just giving them lip service.
For example, if liberals are sincere in wanting to “maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race,” then why do they not fiercely oppose the Great Society policies created during the liberal Johnson Administration that have done more to break-up and break-down black families and divide and demean the black community and the race than chattel slavery ever could?
I have never met a black liberal who truly embraces the kind of self-determination that Kwanzaa’s tenets claims to seek to advance such as calling for one to define themselves and speak for themselves. Black liberals, to the contrary, are often indoctrinated by an ideology which makes it instinctive to malign, slander and assassinate any idea, definition or expression that does not espouse, protect and promote liberal policies.
Liberal black do not self-define as current Kwanzaa observances stress. They are defined by the definition given to them by the left, and they fight to promote those definitions or suffer the consequences from those who profess to be the black community’s leaders.
Liberal black Americans do not appear to believe in “collective work and responsibility” outside of a potential Marxist facilitation of bigger government. If they did, they would not spend their dollar bill outside of their communities after circulating it only one time (“dollar velocity”). Moreover, they would absolutely also support free market solutions in business, education and health care which would result in a stronger local economy. They don’t want to “solve problems together,” but want the government to solve their problems for them.
But that’s not being responsible.
When I was growing up, most of the local businesses were owned by local residents. That quickly changed as I reached my teens. Now, most of the businesses owned in predominantly-black neighborhoods are owned and maintained by people who do not live in the community. In many instances, they may not even be owned by Americans. Here again, there is a glaring hypocrisy.
Restoring our people to our “traditional greatness” is another Kwanzaa goal. I wonder if that includes the legacies of both African and African-Americans who espoused individual responsibility. Famous black abolitionist Frederick Douglass is credited with saying: “A man may not get all that he deserves, but he must work for all that he gets.” This is a direct indictment of Obama’s gutting of the welfare reform enacted by Bill Clinton, which strips Americans of the responsibility to work. There’s nothing great about that. There’s certainly nothing authentically black or African about that.
Predominantly-black urban communities can reasonably be described as war zones for all of the violence and drugs corrupting them. More citizens are murdered there than among our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. More are killed there in individual shootings that in the headline-grabbing mass shootings. Although astronomical amounts of tax dollars in poverty funds have been allocated to these communities over the past 47 years, they are not more beautiful than before the so called “war on poverty.” They are, I say, worse than before the liberals began trying to fix them.
Finally, there is the so-called principle of faith in the modern interpretation of Kwanzaa. I cannot accept that liberals believe in God with all their hearts – not when they are cooperating with the genocide of millions of unborn black children, fighting against school choice for those allowed to live and championing regulations destined to deny our children of the opportunity to experience the kind of American exceptionalism that our nation’s Founding Fathers fought to guarantee us.
Black conservatives, on the other hand, live every single one of the Kwanzaa’s so-called principles (and do so on a regular basis – not just at the end of the year). The difference is that we based our principles on the work of God and the principles of the Constitution of the United States of American which transcend culture or color.
There is a perhaps unrecognized hypocrisy among those who claim to practice Kwanzaa. They are not Marxist revolutionaries. They are not even true racial separatists, but are more likely those seeking a racially singular celebration based on history rather than politics. But, while Karenga’s vision for Kwanzaa is a joke, in it lies the seeds of a conservative resurgence in the black community.
For those bold enough to take up the challenge, Kwanzaa can be used against the leftists who created it and the liberals who embrace it out of racial pandering.
Call into question the hypocrisy of those who clearly do not practice what they preach. Point out how adherence to the principles of Kwanzaa suggests one becomes more conservative rather than more liberal. A real celebration of black greatness, advancement and unity comes not through the government but despite it and without its involvement.