The Political and Legal Significance of Christmas


In their effort to make a point, those who discuss law and government and politics for a living often miss the most critical – the most crucial point of all.   So, as we celebrate Christmas, this is a good time to take a deep breath and revisit first principles.

We should remember the political significance of Christmas.  Now don't get distracted by arguments that early Christians latched onto a pre-existing pagan holiday to establish the date of Christmas.  That may be true, but it is a distraction from what's truly important.  The important thing is the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ. 

The birth of the Savior is the most significant political event in human history.  This bears repeating.  The birth of Jesus Christ is the most significant political event in the history of the universe.

Why?  Well simply put, it is because liberty does not and cannot exist absent the acknowledgement of the Almighty, Omniscient, Living and Everlasting God of the Bible whose Son is Jesus Christ – Who created the world, entered His own creation and sacrificed His life to cover our sins and make us presentable before the Throne of Grace.  For liberty to exist in the world this acknowledgement of Christ's authority must exist in the hearts of the people and it must be the operating principle of civil government.

If it is, then peace on earth will prevail.  But to the extent that the hearts of the people are distracted and the civil government forgets that it is a ministry of Jesus Christ, then injustice, chaos, corruption and tyranny will prevail.

And the hearts of the people are, indeed, distracted from this truth; and this is no accident.  It is the result of purposeful manipulation of the culture by those who control the major means of communication.  The primary tool of this manipulation is the mantra of "Separation of Church and State".

Through the ceaseless repetition of this voodoo mantra, the culture has been conditioned to consider any public prayer, or any private prayer in a public place, or any acknowledgement of the Lord Jesus Christ, as an inappropriate encroachment of the Church.  But this is a word trick and a mind trick.  A prayer is not a church.  An acknowledgement of God's authority over civil government in the form of a prayer before a legislative session, or a court session is not a church.  It is rather an expression of a political philosophy.  And this particular political philosophy is the American political philosophy.

It is contained in the Declaration of Independence, which is the organic law of these United States.

Therefore, there is nothing wrong or illegal about such an expression.  Indeed, the acknowledgement of Jesus Christ as the Source of Law and Government is the very first presupposition of American government.  Far from violating any law, the worship of or acknowledgement of the authority of, the Savior of the World through Christmas Nativity displays, public prayer, Ten Commandment displays and all other forms of Christian witness are consistent with and supportive of the American View of Law and Liberty and are the essence of American government.

Publically celebrating the blessed birth of the Savior of the World is patriotic and ultimately politically correct. Merry Christmas!

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About Michael Peroutka
Michael Peroutka is a Constitutional commentator, former nationally syndicated talk-show host, and founder of the Institute on the Constitution. Combined with his constitutional forefather style of writing, what makes him unique from every other columnist is that he includes a VIDEO for every commentary he posts, blending the new age of video with the traditional written commentary.
  • aurora9

    We never had a problem with Christmas before. It was a happy and celebrated event, until BO was elected!

  • Dissenter13a

    MP: "For liberty to exist in the world this acknowledgement of Christ’s authority must exist in the hearts of the people and it must be the operating principle of civil government."

    Not even close. Hobbes and Locke demonstrated this to be false. To join society is a Lockean transaction, wherein you forego certain of your natural rights--rights necessarily appurtenant to your existence (think of what you can do if you are the only one on a desert island; those are your "natural rights") and assume certain obligations (e.g., paying taxes, assist in the common defense) in exchange for a portfolio of civil rights, the intended purpose of which is to preserve those rights you have retained.

    MP: "The birth of Jesus Christ is the most significant political event in the history of the universe."

    That is just silly, on a multitude of levels. First and foremost, in the absence of any credible evidence to the contrary, Jesus was nothing more than a run-of-the-mill Essene rabbi. Second, there is no pressing need for "acknowledgement of [your] god's] authority as a predicate for society.

    One can only wonder how the counselor can explain how it is and why it ought to be that a rational person should accept his god, in the utter absence of evidence for his bona fides that would be sufficient and competent in adjudicating a simple contract dispute.

    MP: "Through the ceaseless repetition of this voodoo mantra, the culture has been conditioned to consider any public prayer, or any private prayer in a public place, or any acknowledgement of the Lord Jesus Christ, as an inappropriate encroachment of the Church."

    It is. Think about it for a minute. We were a nation of religious dissenters, and the Framers understood religious people. Rhode Island was formed because the Puritans kicked Roger Williams out for heresy. Scratch a conservative Christian, and underneath, you will invariably find a drooling Talibani in full bedsheet mode. The whole idea of the 1Am was to keep the Michael Peroutkas of the world from establishing their own Church of America.

    MP: "Indeed, the acknowledgement of Jesus Christ as the Source of Law and Government is the very first presupposition of American government."

    Jefferson and Franklin -- not to mention the many Freemasons in the government -- would respectfully disagree. Pauline teaching was that our rulers were chosen by God, and rebellion against either Rome or King George III was rebellion against God himself. Rom. 13:1-2. The American and French Revolutions were products of the deist heresy, which has since been incorporated into Christianity.