Of Liturgical Calendars & The State

 “State is the March of God on Earth.”

G. F. W. Hegel

If the state is God walking on the earth, per Hegel, (and I believe that it believes that it is) and if the State as God assigns a National Holiday then by default that holiday is a religious holiday. In the situation we are now in the West the State is the God in whom we live and move and have our being. The State, in controlling the calendar year the way it has by assigning annual feast days (Thanksgiving), and by assigning days for the acknowledgment of the humanist saints (Martin Luther King Day) and by assigning high holy days (Juneteenth) is giving us a Statist liturgical calendar. This is another way of identifying the State as God and ourselves as the worshipers of the State God.

This means by merely looking at our Statist religious liturgical calendar with its federal holidays the wise man can see what the civil religion is that we as a people objectively practice. To be sure, many of us subjectively practice other religions, but as the State, as God now owns the movement of the calendar we can see that what we own subjectively and what the state is giving us objectively are two very different religions. Likewise, when we consider the recent Federal holidays that have been sanctioned (Martin Luther King Day and Juneteenth) we begin to get an idea of the drift of the State in terms of where the State God’s interest lies.

This brings us to the most recently minted Federal Holiday labeled “Juneteenth.” Initially, this was recognized as a state holiday in Texas in 1938 for the black people. Here is the original language recognizing that state holiday for Texan blacks;

Whereas, the Negroes in the State of Texas observe June 19 as the official day for the celebration of Emancipation from slavery; and

Whereas, June 19, 1865, was the date when General Robert [sic] S. Granger, who had command of the Military District of Texas, issued a proclamation notifying the Negroes of Texas that they were free; and

Whereas, since that time, Texas Negroes have observed this day with suitable holiday ceremony, except during such years when the day comes on a Sunday; when the Governor of the State is asked to proclaim the following day as the holiday for State observance by Negroes; and

Whereas, June 19, 1938, this year falls on Sunday;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JAMES V. ALLRED, Governor of the State of Texas, do set aside and proclaim the day of June 20, 1938, as the date for observance of EMANCIPATION DAY in Texas, and do urge all members of the Negro race in Texas to observe the day in a manner appropriate to its importance to them.

Notice that the State holiday recognized Juneteenth as being important to blacks but did not recognize the holiday for the non-black community such as been done by the FEDS in creating of Juneteenth.

In the last two Federal Holidays now we have set aside days to honor non-Whites. If one counts the ever-expanding change of “Columbus Day” to “Indigenous Peoples Day,” the count is three. That means 30% of paid Federal Holidays on the state liturgical calendar are given over to non-caucasian citizens. Each of those days implies offense given to the non-caucasian citizens by caucasian citizens.

Six other paid Federal Holidays all recognize the glory of the State in one way or another.

  • New Year’s Day (January 1).
  • President’s Day (Third Monday in February).
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May).
  • Independence Day (July 4).
  • Labor Day (First Monday in September)
  • Veterans Day (November 11). Of the other two paid Federal Holidays I would argue we find days wherein the citizenry is encouraged to bolster the state economy.
  • Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday in November).
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

    So, when all that is considered as a whole it is clear that the following conclusions follow;

    1.) The State is incrementally a God who favors itself above all.
    2.) After favoring itself above all the current State is making it clear that the new favorites of the State are non-Caucasians.

    These are the religious convictions of the State. Clearly, the God-State is non-caucasian Humanist as seen in its bequeathing to us the liturgical calendar we currently have.

Author: jetbrane

I am a Pastor of a small Church in Mid-Michigan who delights in my family, my congregation and my calling. I am postmillennial in my eschatology. Paedo-Calvinist Covenantal in my Christianity Reformed in my Soteriology Presuppositional in my apologetics Familialist in my family theology Agrarian in my regional community social order belief Christianity creates culture and so Christendom in my national social order belief Mythic-Poetic / Grammatical Historical in my Hermeneutic Pre-modern, Medieval, & Feudal before Enlightenment, modernity, & postmodern Reconstructionist / Theonomic in my Worldview One part paleo-conservative / one part micro Libertarian in my politics Systematic and Biblical theology need one another but Systematics has pride of place Some of my favorite authors, Augustine, Turretin, Calvin, Tolkien, Chesterton, Nock, Tozer, Dabney, Bavinck, Wodehouse, Rushdoony, Bahnsen, Schaeffer, C. Van Til, H. Van Til, G. H. Clark, C. Dawson, H. Berman, R. Nash, C. G. Singer, R. Kipling, G. North, J. Edwards, S. Foote, F. Hayek, O. Guiness, J. Witte, M. Rothbard, Clyde Wilson, Mencken, Lasch, Postman, Gatto, T. Boston, Thomas Brooks, Terry Brooks, C. Hodge, J. Calhoun, Llyod-Jones, T. Sowell, A. McClaren, M. Muggeridge, C. F. H. Henry, F. Swarz, M. Henry, G. Marten, P. Schaff, T. S. Elliott, K. Van Hoozer, K. Gentry, etc. My passion is to write in such a way that the Lord Christ might be pleased. It is my hope that people will be challenged to reconsider what are considered the givens of the current culture. Your biggest help to me dear reader will be to often remind me that God is Sovereign and that all that is, is because it pleases him.

6 thoughts on “Of Liturgical Calendars & The State”

  1. I was complaining this weekend about the embracing or silent acceptance of the new holiday by Christians and small government cons, but I hadn’t seen your post.
    Thank you.

    Should we be upset though? The State owns our children and has removed any authority men for their wive and children. Christians embraced VAWA, so it is consistent that they can only see good in the new holiday and not see it as a diminution of Father’s day or of the power and influence of the church.

    URC members would generally fight more against me for not going along with this than the holiday, which they see as a righteous and Christian celebration of freedom from slavery. To them, I’m being divisive and disagreeable, which isn’t Christian and they are being non-offensive and positive and kind, which are Christian traits.

  2. The recent Doug Wilson podcast really captures what I was trying to say above:

    You had a more recent post saying don’t despair. I agree, but feel like I am a step before that. I am trying to grasp what is going on, in the short phrase you used,it’s a mess.
    The 3’s in leadership are solidifying the gains of the left and fighting against people in the flock to their right. They also don’t provide an opportunity for those semi-commies in the pews to grow, since my view is the one being attacked, while the lovers of Big State are coddled.
    Kevin always strives too hard to say on this hand, and on the other. He lives like a 4 but comforts the 1s and 2s as we slide left.

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