Most, if not all, of the most monstrous atrocities ever persecuted by man against his fellow man were committed either under the banner of religion or the flag of patriotism – which is precisely why I feel absolutely no pride in confessing that I am both religious and patriotic. But I am primarily a humanist. I believe that no principal should ever be exalted above humanity for this inevitably leads to intolerance and the implicit condonement of inhumanity. As I see it, the single most defining purpose of both governments and religions should be to effect the humane and ethical treatment of all human kind, not just a geographically or ethnically select few. If not that, then what? How can we ever justify any attempt to preserve our humanity through inhumane means? [John 18:36, Matthew 22:37-40]
Christmas, when observed with the right spirit, still has the power to call miracles from Heaven to Earth.