I want to add a hearty “amen” to Ross Douthat’s column in today’s New York Times. He writes:
“Christmas is hard for everyone. But it’s particularly hard for people who actually believe in it.
“In a sense, of course, there’s no better time to be a Christian than the first 25 days of December. But this is also the season when American Christians can feel most embattled. Their piety is overshadowed by materialist ticky-tack. Their great feast is compromised by Christmukkwanzaa multiculturalism. And the once-a-year churchgoers crowding the pews beside them are a reminder of how many Americans regard religion as just another form of midwinter entertainment, wedged in between ‘The Nutcracker’ and ‘Miracle on 34th Street’. . .
“This month’s ubiquitous carols and crÃ¨ches notwithstanding, believing Christians are no longer what they once were â€” an overwhelming majority in a self-consciously Christian nation. The question is whether they can become a creative and attractive minority in a different sort of culture, where they’re competing not only with rival faiths but with a host of pseudo-Christian spiritualities, and where the idea of a single religious truth seems increasingly passÃ©.
“Or to put it another way, Christians need to find a way to thrive in a society that looks less and less like any sort of Christendom â€” and more and more like the diverse and complicated Roman Empire where their religion had its beginning, 2,000 years ago this week.”
Read the rest here.