And so are more lockdowns. As we speak, the United States is following the rest of the world in implementing massive COVID related lockdowns as case numbers spike, even though the number of deaths remains steady. In some states, Thanksgiving is on the chopping block, and Christmas could soon follow. Most of us already missed out on celebrating Easter in the spring as we were in the early months of the Corona virus. Several months later and its looking highly likely that it will be strongly suggested that you celebrate Christ’s birth from the comfort of your living room. I strongly suggest that we don’t do that.
I’ll refrain from going down the path of conspiracy to say that this is all some deliberate globalist plot to eliminate Christmas and Christianity from the world (ask me about that later when I’ve drank too much punch from the Christmas crock and am wearing my tin-foil Santa hat). Right now we could probably blame this reaction on the Karen-contingent and hashtagscience sycophants who are afraid of their shadows and want to force us all back in our groundhog holes to save us from ourselves. Those folks are being enabled by a fear-mongering news media that may or may not have had some kind of ulterior agenda in an election year and are overhyping a flu that ninety-nine percent of people recover from? (this punch tastes good by the way). At what point do we stand up to these overzealous hall monitors and fight for our First Amendment rights before we pass the point of no return?
None of this is to say that we should be flippant in our actions or completely ignore any safety precautions. COVID-19 is real, people have died, and we should take measured action to ensure that the most vulnerable are protected. But it’s questionable if locking down our entire economy and sacrificing the livelihoods of small business owners and the education of our children is worth it to protect a small minority. And this Christmas, Christians should put our faith above our fears in order to celebrate and worship the birth of our King.
I’ve seen several memes superimposing the face of various government officials over the face of the Grinch from How The Grinch Stole Christmas. If the lockdowns extend into late December and Christians are asked to or forced to not celebrate and worship with our families and friends then we should do as the Whos did and celebrate anyway. We must remember that Christ was born to deliver us from sin and our concern for the hardships of this life which stem from it, which includes the fear of death and disease.
And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. – Luke 2:9-11