A Christian Culture Influences Much of What We Do
Byline: Phil Redmond
MOST modern interpretations of the Nativity story, like the one currently on BBC, usually revolve around the plight of the oppressed, homeless, and dispossessed. Asylum seekers and refugees abound, but what is rarely, if ever, depicted is Christmas as the catalyst for economic activity. Which it surely is.
During the Brookie years, 70% of commercial television's income came in the three months before Christmas.
It's probably not too dissimilar now, and many other industries report similar distortions.
I have In fact, our whole calendar, school terms, working and living patterns are consequences of what flowed from the Nativity; which once again brings home the idea that it is culture, a Christian culture at that, that has influenced, and still does, so much of what we do.
watching the Do Gooders series Why, then, do we still find it difficult to articulate this? That it is not systems and procedures that drives us, but our personal relationships. That it is not the existence of laws, rules and regulations that brings about a civil society but how we deal, treat and respect each other.
That is not simply about how we act individually, but also how we act collectively, which means looking at the needs of everyone. And if that, in turn, is beginning to sound like the beginnings of a 19th-century pamphlet, it may well be because I have been watching the BBC's Do Gooders series, as well as it being, after all, Christmas Eve. …