what is still really a spiritual war.
“Most modern liberality consists of finding irreligious excuses for religious bigotry.” – G.K. Chesterton, The New Attack On Christmas
As our Advent inches closer to the time of Christmastide, think of what the response will be to our saying “Merry Christmas!”. Will it be merry and for Christ or will it be attacked as it was before the last 4 years? Will we even be allowed to have Christmas – CHRIST’s MASS in our churches and cathedrals? Will the bells still ring at midnight? Will the candlelit processions still occur and be seen as a living witness to passersby? Will we be able to meet with loved ones, reach out to those in need? What is really happening and what will you and I do to keep Christmas as even Scrooge learned to do in this time of new attack?
“The old Puritans attacked Christmas in its totality; the new Puritans attack it in detail, and bit by bit. Moderns have not the moral courage, as a rule, to avow the sincere spiritual bias behind their fads; they become insincere even about their sincerity. Most modern liberality consists of finding irreligious excuses for religious bigotry. The earlier type of bigot pretended to be more religious than he really was. The later type pretends to be less religious than he really is. He does not wear a mask of piety, but rather a mask of impiety—or, at any rate, of indifference. He is in a double sense in masquerade, for his mummery follows a fashion of merriment. He wears a coloured domino over his black Puritan dress. He adopts all sorts of mundane and merely
utilitarian arguments to support his sombre traditions. Sabbatarianism is defended as merely part of the problem of labour and leisure. Gambling is discouraged because it involves the danger of losing. The only honourable case against gambling is that it involves the danger of winning. Wine is not frankly condemned because it is festive, as by a sincere asceticism; it is analysed as “alcoholic” by a cheap and very changeable popular science. Even war has been condemned not as wicked, but as unremunerative, for Mr. Norman Angell’s argument against arms rested rather on the latter than the former objection. To some of us the argument will seem insufficient, since it only proves to be unproductive the fights that would in any case be unjustifiable, and does not even affect the only fights that could ever be justifiable. We are not concerned to learn that it does not pay to be a pirate; and we always knew that it does not pay to be a patriot. But in any case all these arguments are alike in avoiding the old direct religious challenge of right and wrong; and falling back on certain particular and practical objections, which vary with the various cases. They are all alike in waging with secular weapons what is still really a spiritual war. For its motive is still as moral and religious as in that earlier century when the iconoclasts led what we may almost call a crusade against the Cross.” – G.K. Chesterton, The New Attack On Christmas, The Illustrated London News, December 27, 1919