FORGET THE EXPERTS. CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS!
Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
This year, did you hear a politician encourage others to gather about the Thanksgiving table and pray for God's help in combating the coronavirus? Did you hear any of them call for their constituents to go to church to pray for COVID-19 victims?
There was a time in our country when, in response to adversity, the call was for citizens to pray. We prayed for out soldiers during the world wars. We prayed for safe passage for our astronauts, and the astronauts famously prayed for us. We extended a prayer of thanks for the nation's independence, and we prayed for our nation's future. And each of these prayers was encouraged by our leaders.
We don't see that today. With our scientific insights and our continued imbibing from the tree of knowledge, humanity increasingly perceives itself as being able to substitute itself for God while ignoring its own frailties and its inherent vulnerabilities.
Our reaction to this coronavirus is a testament to the increasing arrogance with which we carry ourselves as a species. We have forgotten that our scientific exploits are meant as efforts to better understand God and his Creation, not to replace Him. And thus, our leaders feel comfortable telling us not to attend our churches and synagogues, not to gather for prayer, and not to celebrate religious holidays.
Christmas has not been immunized from this attack. The celebration of the birth of Christ is eclipsed only by Easter as the holiest day in the Christian calendar. It marks the entry of the Christ into our material world with the sole mission of purchasing our salvation through his life, death, and resurrection. The coming of Christ is the supreme event in the history of humanity. Without it, there is no redemption. There is no forgiveness. There are no human rights, no human dignity. And most importantly, the event is not man-made, nor is it natural. It is necessarily supernatural, divine, and eternal. And now our politicians are so arrogant as to interfere with its proper observance? It seems unbelievable.
St. Augustine pointed out that an immoral law carries with it no obligation to submission. It is as if the law was void from its inception. Similarly, any mandate, suggestion, or rule holding that Christ's birth ought not be celebrated is void from the start as being contrary to the laws of God. Yes, we are in the middle of a pandemic. The United States is seeing a surge in the prevalence of COVID-19. There are new strains of the virus appearing in England. Each of these facts are frightening and daunting, bur their magnitude pale in comparison to the breadth of the laws of God and His requirement that we worship Him.
Remember, the very purpose of our existence is to serve and worship our Lord. Anything that takes away from that interferes with the relationship we have with God. And for those secularists who stumble over themselves to cite "the science" of spread prevention, ask yourselves, how well has that "science" been working for you?
So, this Christmas, there is only one voice to which we ought to listen. Only one mandate. And it says, "Come, Let us adore him!" This year, go zealously celebrate Christmas, but not in the commercialized manner with which we have bastardized the holiday. No. This year celebrate Christmas in reverence, in worship, and in prayer. And while you're at it, pray that God may end this pandemic and spare the full brunt of its destruction. I am confident that our reverential posture will serve us infinitely better than submission to the false promises afforded by an empty science ever will.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He served in the Florida House of Representatives. He is the author of numerous books including The Federalist Pages, The Case for Free Market Healthcare, and Coronalessons. He is available for appearances and book signings, and can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopedic surgeon living in Florida. He is a lawyer, author, and former member of the Florida House of Representatives. He is available for speaking engagements at email@example.com