Thursday, February 18, 2016

How Modern Evangelicals Are Just Like Progressives

The field lab is usually about one guy living off grid in the desert. That one guy sometimes makes 'Christian' pronouncements:

Though the practices of Lupercalia have been repackaged and dressed up in the form of Valentine’s Day, these verses indicate they remain just as detestable as they have always been in our Creator’s eyes. Instead of pagan days and practices, our focus should be on the festivals God has given us in the Bible, which point us toward His amazing and incomparable plan for all of humanity.

I suggest in the comments that this kind of thought is the work of some academic secularist, and I am pretty sure it is, because it is as redolent of the progressive mindset as anything.

There were many pagan holidays and in some cases I am sure the Church chose to encourage people to celebrate our holidays rather than the pagan ones. Additionally, I am sure various feast days occasionally fall on pagan holidays because it would practically impossible for us to have any holidays if we felt it necessary to avoid the other holidays.

And, obviously, we are not celebrating Lupercalia. I am also not celebrating the modern consumerist version.

But we were remembering a priest who died because he would marry couples despite the state.

The modern evangelist, though, is engaged in the excoriation of the past. He cannot assume, that all else being equal, with no evidence to the contrary, that his fellow Christians of earlier generations might do the right thing. On mere coincidence alone, along with some rather Talmudic reasoning, the traditions of his own people are held suspect.

How is this not progressive? Have we not seen how this generation alone is holy and however good the last generation was in comparison to the generation before it, it is only a matter of time before there a protests to erase that bastard's name from the campus?

This is also how all these people can be against the mis-definition of marriage, and yet the lawyers get their way anyway. I do think we are more likely to see a few good protestants stand up and try to marry without reference to the state, mostly because they've got more guts than our wayward clergy. Yet, those individuals who choose the hard path will likely find themselves alone.

It is a very destructive meme, likely one specifically created to trip Christians up. There's absolutely no one actually trying to celebrate Lupercalia. Not even on the first celebration of St. Valentine's day could it be said that any Christian was attempting to celebrate Lupercalia via St. Valentine. The two feasts are different. I think it is especially telling how much of a lie it is, because Lupercalia would be like a proto-nationalist Roman holiday, where as St. Valentine is clearly subversive to the state. He believed the Christian's right to marry superseded the authority of the Roman state. To conflate these two holidays make absolutely no sense, unless you want to obliterate any sense of Christian unity, and avoid all implications of what St. Valentine's life and death meant.

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