Why do some Christian leaders scoff at those who proclaim it's sinful to make a holiday out of Jesus' birth? "My favorite book on why we should celebrate Christmas," writes Kirk Cameron, is Douglas Wilson's God Rest Ye Merry: Why Christmas is the Foundation for Everything.
"The book is a 'must have' complete with family advent readings to maximize your joy this time of year ... or a wonderful education for the Scrooge in your life!"
Why would Cameron endorse Wilson's book?
The film will be released nationwide on November 14.
"As part of promoting the movie," writes Wilson, "Kirk and I had a brief conversation about Thor and Jesus that you can read here. "
Thor? The ancient Scandinavian god popularized as a superhero by Marvel comic books?
Yes, the same, says Wilson. "Now, I think I mentioned in my short review that the movie was not directly about saving Christmas from the forces of secularism (although that is related, at least indirectly).
"No, the movie is about saving Christmas from the forces of overly-precise Christians, who couldn’t find Christmas in their Bible search software, and who think we shouldn’t have anything to do with it.
"Now while this might seem kind of extra-Christiany, this is actually falling for one of the basic lies that the enemy is trying to tell us," says Wilson. "D.L. Moody once said that if you throw a rock into a pack of stray dogs, the one that yelps is the one that got hit. This message of saving Christmas from Christians is generating a lot of yelps."
The film has offended quite a number of legalistic Christian teachers. They say Cameron has stomped on their toes and failed to exercise spiritual discernment -- that anybody can see Christmas is just a pagan holiday hiding in Christian trappings.
"It is not the path of discernment to judge things by what they used to be," disagrees Wilson. "Wedding rings were a pagan custom — the Romans thought that a vein ran from your ring finger to your heart, and the way you bound your heart was by putting a ring on that finger."
Likewise, the days of the week have incredibly pagan roots: "Thor’s day is Thursday," writes Wilson. Tuesday was named after Tiw, the Norse god of single combat, and Friday for "Frigg, the Old English Venus."
"And the reason you make a wish before you blow out your birthday candles," writes Wilson, "is because back in the day, a soothsayer would then come ambling up to the table and tell your fortune from the patterns that the smoke made. When was the last time you made a little smoke for the soothsayer at your birthday? Well, you made the smoke but it wasn’t for the soothsayer, because you’re a Christian and you don’t believe in soothsayers.
"Instead of being ashamed of the superstition, you ought to thank God that the increase of His Son’s government will have no end," writes Wilson.
"That, and you should take the scroogiest Christian friend you can persuade to go see Saving Christmas."