The birth of Christ and the birth of liberty

What does the birth of Christ have to do with the birth of liberty? Photo: wiki commons image

WASHINGTON, December 25, 2013 — Today, Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. In America, we refer to it as Christmas. In Greece it is referred to by its liturgical name, “The feast of the nativity of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ.”

When Christ was born and when the Christian faith was born a few decades later, it changed the world. The change was not simply the Christian faith became the dominant faith in the West, Eastern Europe and Russia.

When the message of Christ began to spread, it set in motion events that would free the world, and not just in a theological sense.

When Christ was born in the manger two thousand years ago, the world was a place that had a very defined, rigid societal structure. If you were born into wealth or nobility, that was your station in life.

When St. Paul wrote a few years after the resurrection of Christ, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male or female, for you are all one in Christ,” it represented a cultural seismic shock that the world had never seen before.

The fundamental message of the Christian Church is the incarnation. God came and became man so all could be saved. Not just the nobility. Not just the rich. But the poor and slaves and even the outcasts.

There was a stunning and logical outcome to this. It was the belief that all men were created equal and endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, namely life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

It is no accident that freedom and liberty grew mostly in nations that were Christianized. It was the nations that were Christianized that gave birth to democracy. In nations that were not Christianized or where Christianity was thrown out, the result was a dictatorship.

In the Middle East, where Islam dominated and still dominates today, democracy does not flourish. Terror and tyranny do. The first great western nation to reject Christianity was France in the French Revolution. The revolution launched a war against the Church and clerics. The end result was the reign of terror. An estimated thirty thousand Frenchmen died in the reign of terror, the first great genocide of the modern era.

Twentieth century Russia told a similar story. While Russia was Christian nation, taking baby steps towards Democracy, the Bolsheviks came in and created an atheist state. Millions of Russians were executed. Millions more died in the Gulags. Millions died in the first modern use of starvation as a weapon.

It is no coincidence that the great mass murderers of the last were atheists. Nor is it any coincidence that the founders of our nation, the greatest experiment in freedom and liberty, were devoutly Christian men. And it is no accident that the Obama Administration is making war on Christianity in America.

Today we celebrate the nativity of Jesus Christ. But this is not just a date that Americans should celebrate for religious reasons. While we celebrate the birth of this nation on July 4, Christmas also represents the birth of what made a free America possible.

Merry Christmas!

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Judson Phillips

Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet.

A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says.

Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC.   “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based.  Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville.  Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’  I did.”

The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown.   It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed.  Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker.

He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should.  He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.

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