Gifts have been unwrapped, mass has been attended, carols and hymns have been sung. The leftovers and family favorites are stored in the fridge for the special week between Christmas and New Years. Christmas trees shall stand through Epiphany or come down sooner if there is urgency to return to normal. Another Christmas is celebrated. Another year is over. This year was a special year. This year marked the moment when Western Christians realized they were enemies in their own land–land they settled for kith and kin and Christ.
The celebration of the triumph of gay marriage and the continued flooding of Western, nominally Christian, nations with Muslim migrants marks the year when Christians realized they were the outsiders now. The secular bloc of the West holds the reins and will use any religious minority to beat at the Christian core of the West and impose its values, no matter how dangerous or opposed to supposed Western values. The alliance between the universalist progressive West with the universalist Muslim Middle East works, so long as Muslims vote for Leftist politicians and the West keeps Wahhabi Sunni dictators in power. Muslims are never asked to bake gay wedding cakes, but Christian businesses are sued to oblivion.
It does not stop there. American pundits have floated the idea of stripping religious organizations of their tax exempt status. This would be the death of many churches. If not the death, many services provided would be scaled back or eliminated. The death blow would knock out the bonds people have with an institution not labeled “Government” and would also weaken bonds within neighborhoods and communities. The progressives would cheer. Faith would go underground, if it survived.
This is that opportunity–the opportunity to stop learning about what the originators of the faith and European ancestors did to sustain the faith, but to live it. That fish on the back of your car was originally a sign for believers to signal to one another they were part of the faith in secret and speak freely. The croissant was shaped like the Turkish crescent to bite into and defy the Muslim invaders. Ham and pork products were a Spanish staple to signal that one was a Spaniard and not a Muslim. The tales of CCD and Christian camp will become real.
Whether one takes the Benedict Option and separates or stands openly for the faith and culture, the moment of truth is approaching. In what now appears comical hyperventilating from the Left and media, it was just ten years ago when the nation worried a Christian theocracy was taking shape. The progressives stole the martyr system to help their causes, and now as victors, apply pressure wherever they want.
Will you stand? Will you embrace the faith that focused on Christ’s birth and sacrifice for your sins? This is not about Christ, the friendly pal, who has good stories about acceptance and forgiveness. This is about Christ the man who threw the money changers out of Temple and said: walk with me, drop what you are doing and follow. The man who said to render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s. It was not just money but time, emotion, and mental investment.
This is about the Europeans forefathers who fought off the Arabs and Turks to maintain a safe realm for European civilization to not only survive but blossom. This is about a faith that warred with barbarians, cannibals, and heathens to spread civilization and raise the wretched living in squalor. Will you be worthy? Will you honor not just Christ’s life but the life of all those believers before you? The cathedrals that beautifully mark the history of Christianity are not just built with stone and glass. They are built by the faith to participate in a celebration of the community, the people, and the faith. They are built with the knowledge that the monument to God may not be finished in one’s time but will stand for all time for one’s people.