I took a little a hiatus to go on my “I Told You So: Anti-Mitt Romney Republican Tour” and tend to other work. I hope the GOP never nominates another stiff, flip-flopping, exclusive, elitist, entitled, patrician, power-hungry politician like Mitt ever again. Gee, Big Gipper, tell us how you really feel…
Well, other than my utter, total disdain for Mitt Romney, I am a Republican through and through. I am a fiscal conservative AND, I know it is not popular these days within the GOP, a social conservative.
I remember growing up a long time ago. We actually took time off for Easter. Spring break did not double up with Easter. They were two separate holidays so kids would get one full week off for spring break and a five day weekend for Easter that started on Holy Thursday and gave us the next Monday off so we could recover from feasting and visiting with friends and family. Non-believers existed back then too and no one protested against more holidays regardless of the occasion for such holidays. Many stores closed to observe Easter. To the best of my recollection, as long as I have been involved, politicians took Easter off as well.
Today, spring break doubles up with Easter for political correctness. The Easter Bunny and Easter Egg Hunts have been renamed Spring Bunny and Spring Festivals. Many stores and restaurants stay open through Easter weekend.
Arguably worst of all, politics continues as usual with politicians, including the so-called “Christian, conservative” Republicans, holding meet-and-greets, door knocks, and last minute fundraising appeals if Easter falls on the last weekend in March – an important filing deadline. You can find these Christian Republicans giving Easter praise and platitudes on the campaign trail. You just won’t find these Christian Republicans praising His Resurrection in church. How Pharisaic of these people!
I guess one could write a treatise about the secularization and Western Europeanization of America and some already have. For now, I will just say that for those who are sympathetic to this viewpoint, we are where we are today not wholly through the fault of government policies that have driven faith away from the public square into the private home, but it is mainly the fault of many mainstream Christians and Christian denominations that have capitulated to the demands of secular culture and modified their theology to appease the secularists and not offend them. In doing so, the orthodox Christians (small “o” orthodox – traditionalist – not to be confused with Eastern Orthodox, but they are orthodox as well) have abandoned those denominations in search of Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Evangelical Protestant churches that still “cling” to a historical understanding of the faith and the secularists are happy about the changes in the liberal churches (Episcopalians, Presbyterians, United Church of Christ, etc.), but the secularists are not converted to Christianity. In fact, a watering down of the Christian faith (ex: denying the Resurrection and the miracles like Thomas Jefferson did) makes it easier for Christians to become secularists. Some of these liberal mainline Protestant churches have clergy who are atheist. Some of our Christian seminaries employ teachers, tasked with training Christian ministers, who are atheist (see Bart Ehrmann). Can you believe that?
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Politics flows downstream from culture. Politics does not influence culture. It merely reflects culture. Easter is just not that important to our public sector and private sector anymore. It sure isn’t that important with our politicians, Democratic and Republican, either.
I am afraid that we will soon see the following two political parties in an increasingly polarized America. There will be a liberal party that admires Karl Marx and there will be a conservative party that worships Ayn Rand. Karl Marx and Ayn Rand have one thing in common. They are both outspoken atheists.
I am dropping out of politics all together if it ever gets to this point. I may be a fiscal conservative, but my money is not more important than my soul.