Pope Francis is Waging War on a Bourgeois Approach to Christmas. Let’s Join Him.

Millennial co-founder Christopher Hale has a new article at the Washington Post. He writes:

The meaning of Christmas isn’t strength and visibility in the public sphere. The central claim of this holiday has always been that the rejected, crucified and executed Jesus Christ is still somehow Lord of the entire earth. In Trump’s world, those like Jesus Christ are the losers. In God’s world, these are the victors.

The power of Christmas is derived from our ability to communicate and practice God’s saving love in the invisible parts of the world. Saying “Merry Christmas” at Macy’s might win an empty-shell public-relations battle, but it does nothing to truly advance the Gospel of Jesus. The Christmas that Donald Trump is defending is the Norman Rockwell Christmas: a bourgeois celebration that’s accented by turkey, gifts and comfort. From a Christian standpoint, then, Pope Francis is right: This version of Christmas is a charade, and it’s time to reignite the war against it.

If we shouldn’t aim to elevate the domesticated, bourgeois notion of Christmas and signal a return to Christian cultural dominance, then what is Christmas really all about? In short, it’s about the opposite of what Trump thinks it is: Reaching out to the excluded and downtrodden, and humbling ourselves before others.

You can read the full article here.