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This in response to when Fox News host Gretchen Carlson recently mentioned that Seinfeld’s “Festivus”, a fake holiday begun by George’s father (ironically) to protest the commercialization of other popular holidays, is helping “erode” America’s “heritage” and “strip our society of certain things that have been in existence for a long time.” Carlson is also behind the development of a motion picture scheduled to be released this year that is described as a “thriller” about looming Christian persecution in the States. I find this, at the very least, offensive to Christians worldwide who face actual persecution as well as a theo-political rendition of the “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”.
We’re not persecuted here in America, plain and simple. Trying to make that case while we have brothers and sisters in Syria, for example, who are literally being crucified for their faith is like standing next to a cancer patient in a hospital and complaining about a head-cold.
And Festivus, contrary to being an attack at the sacred nature of the “Christian” heritage of Christmas, is a de-commercialization of winter festivities at worst and a darn good Seinfeld episode at best. When Christ is absent from our worship it’s not because he’s being forced from our churches by some fictional character on a sitcom. Rather, it’s because he’s excluded from our churches in our hearts and preaching, bypassed with increasing intensity en route to concerns for our own welfare.
All that goes to say, it will take more than a Festivus miracle to save us from this madness.