Triple I Hannukah, Kwanza, Christmas

After the year-end festivals wind down all the celebrants will return to their tiny coops and carry on the tradition in blissful isolation, ignorance, and insensitivity.  Festivals are like the grandparents who move in, do not die, do not recognize the passage of time except to mark their fleeting arrival and departure.    There is no festival or fast that has transformed any of the nations, weak or powerful, into the lighthouse or harbour of which everyone dreams.  Festivals are all juvenile exercises, elementary as  agricultural fixtures, essential as seed time and harvest.  I am not picking on year end festivals, because all the festivals have this character; fleeting, juvenile and poverty-stricken.

Tiny coops of culture

What is Kwanza in July? Is Christmas meaningful in the northern hemisphere spring time or Passover in October?  Sun and Moon mark the festivals, there are no spiritual necessities,and absolutely anyone can observe and celebrate the festivals.  Many people are desperately trying to convince themselves and the world that their culture is a spiritual refuge and Treasury. Desperate indeed! If we think our culture is anything more than a tiny coop, then should not the states and regions mired in violent “dialogue” be a loud bang in every ear? What culture prides itself on killing its wayward citizens instead of reclaiming them?  Look around and you will see the families and tribes that are ready and willing to abandon family members who do not conform and then choose one of them to be your home, but please do not tell us your culture is grounded in love, justice, and mercy.

Coops vs wide open plains

When the disciples of the Most High God become analogies of domesticated animals, kept in zoos and digital cages of human design we have a problem.  We should not think that the display on television of Christian worship, discussion and celebration are examples of what Christ intended.  Even our Islamic friends must admit that there has to be some other rhetoric floating around other than what we see on television, and then again, there are the actual documents that we have to reckon with, Quran and Bible.  We, Christians and Muslims, find ourselves often having to explain to people what is happening in the world versus what is the common perception.  The Western configuration of states is a real problem for religions, and the founders of the American state recognized it. Despite the shenanigans in both eastern, western, northern and southern nations it is clear that religion should never become a functional weapon in any state’s armory.

Whence the festival?

I can tell you that if a festival or celebration has no hooks to the next best thing it is a shallow exercise.  People celebrate independence year after year, and still the impression that independence saturates no nation lingers. People have done little with their independence beyond empowering the rich and the mighty at the expense of the poor and those with little influence.  Nations obsessed with independence are terrified of migrants and people with opinions true Independence it’s not recognition.   

Whither the festival?

Our most experienced and expert expositor of the Gospel and Biblical matters assured us that his -Jewish – pedigree was not worth a cracker crumb.  Paul of Tarsus was no raving lunatic patriot, and while he may be faulted for condescending to certain rituals of his former religion, he was adamant about the value towards a spiritual reckoning of festivals, food, drink and laws of cleanness and uncleanness.

“However at that time, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those which by nature are no gods. But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again? You observe days and months and seasons and years. I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in vain.”

Galatians 4:8-11

Isolation is a virtue

Judging by the nationalists now permeating all of the capitals on the planet one has to think that most people are either moronic racists or incapable of recognizing a quacking duck as a duck. Does any leader of any nation need to say he puts his nation first?  Do people really need high walls and fences to recognize and confirm their country’s integrity or are they simply paranoid anti-immigrant fascists and racial supremacists?

Ignorance is the treasure of lazy people

People in every nation are perishing because of the lack of knowledge or vision. The nations that deny their famine are many;  in fact the ones that do not deny are hard to find.  The people with the most rules and regulations are mired in corruption and deliberate misanthropy more than most.

Insensitivity dies with every sunrise

Many of us keep making sure we put our heads down at night having forgiven our fellow man when he’s wronged us.  It is worth it to consider what we can do so we can work the next day with a clean slate. I need to do justice, I need to be ready to love, ready to do mercy, ready to walk humbly without God and fellow man. You do not carry you around grudges and revenge from day to day and call it justice.

Certified grace with every sunrise

With the certainty of evil every day (Matthew 6:34) and the brazen incidents of sinful and criminal behaviour breaking out in broad daylight there is no doubt that our survival through each night, when malicious agents prefer to operate, is due to intense, invincible and incomparable care and generosity. While we are sleeping evil lurks but there is one who does not sleep as the mourning, weeping, groaning Zionite reminds us.

“They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”

“The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail.”

Lamentations 3:22-23

I would rather celebrate any old weekday than the festivals of our cultural heritage and religious traditions.

Deck the whores with bows of folly

Good king Wenceslas is not my neighbour; there isn’t a good King in sight in any direction. Heaven has lots of music but, sadly, no bells. Santa may have no presents for the naughty people, but God has, and the proof is in every single day. Somebody has a truly messed up view of God, gifts and good will. The healers of the human mind would like to tell us that Christmas time is the time when there is a rise of loneliness and feelings of isolation and thoughts of suicide,. Oh that people need to feel lonely and isolated them and to be suicidal having normal losses of life. Have you read job recently? “Suffocate me” he begged (Job 7:15). Death is not even a Christmas time phenomenon and is such a long way off from the truth that lonly a precious few knew, it brings us to the large drama of Babylon and her daughters, receiving bows of folly.

A truly global agenda

Decking the halls with bows of holly and kissing under mistletoe sounds like loads of fun, but the real christmasy stuff is presents, giving and receiving; at least that’s what they say. Have you ever wondered why are people who are not Christians run around every year saying “Merry Christmas”? All the festivals are mere public service advertising. Christmas is a real holiday behind which there is no holy day. Passover, an actual holy day from Israelite antiquity, becomes a holiday in the Gentile world thousands of years after the historical exodus of the Hebrew people from Egypt, and no-one dares intimate that there is an international movement towards nations becoming Mosaic. Talk about smoke and mirrors! Neither nor Moses has any reason to try to have the nations accept his teaching as a blueprint for civic life. I tell you, people are way more interested in living than in dying condemned without a second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh break. How easy must it be to find one of Babylon’s many daughters, pretending to be a nation of Mosaic-based law, even if one has difficulty find the grand harlot herself.

We will not bow to the popular gods of culture

“But even if [God does not deliver us from your death sentence], let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

Daniel 3:18

Three Hebrew young men in exile in Babylon watched the whole exiled nation get ready to compromise their profession of being God’s people by bowing to a image erected by the Babylonian king. The Hebrew nation was not the first or last nation to bow down and worship the foolishness of humanity. We are witnesses to wholesale bowing to the folly of proud nations who we know full well are chasing the wind and playing the harlot. Moses saw it coming (Exodus 34:15-16, Deuteronomy 31:16). Israel did it (Numbers 25:1, Judges 2:!7, 8:27, 8:33, 1 Chronicles 5:25), and the clients are practically every comer and passerby Ezekiel 16;15, 26, 28).

Bows of folly

Boughs of holly mean something significant to someone, naturally, but they are not going to rescue the human race from its death wish. We have seen the judgment of “the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed acts of immorality, and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her immorality.” (Revelation of John 17:1-2, NASB). Her narcissistic boasting “I’ll never be a widow” and her brisk business comes to an end, because no-one buys her merchandise any more. Bows of folly, central to the popular church propaganda, continue as if people are blind to the race to the bottom by capitalist democracy in bed with the religious fascism of Protestants and Catholics, all slandering Yeshua.