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Atheism and Christmas

Posted: December 23, 2010 - 6:58pm

A recent letter writer is offended by ATHEISTS and the ACLU because  they “don’t recognize Christmas”- but they still enjoy the “greedy season.”  Some Christian reflections seem in order.

The season of Advent intended to prepare us for Christmas is based on  proclamations of biblical prophets about a coming “Day of the Lord.”  

The message is two-fold.  

First, BEWARE!  Repent if you and/or your  society excessively trust in riches and power, practice dishonesty in  the market place, or disregard the poor and powerless.  God’s judgment  may cripple you with historical forces.  

Second, REJOICE!  If you repent and show it by loving neighbors as self, God has prepared an  eternal “kingdom not of this world” for you.  God may also bless your  lives by withholding negative judgments.

The question therefore is how we measure up in God’s eyes this Advent season, when those we have elected extended a tax cut for the rich and  do not want to guarantee health care for all U.S. children like most  other industrialized nations do.  Does God accept these actions as  “trickle down” steps toward the common good of all neighbors?

Some pundits think that the goddess of current U.S. economic policy is  Ayn Rand, the ATHEIST whose basic economic doctrine is allowing  minimally regulated “greed is good.”  Her influence on many prominent  U.S economists and politicians is well documented, and some think her  philosophy is an important factor in triggering our recent economic  downturn.  One former wall-street executive has paraphrased Jesus’  words in describing our ethics as “straining for moral gnats while  swallowing economic camels.”

If we denigrate atheists while sliding into anti-biblical economic  doctrine draped in Christian slogans, we should heed the prophetic  warnings of Amos, Isaiah, John the Baptist, and Jesus: beware — before  you judge others and rejoice too much.

Dick Peterson

Nisswa