I recently saw a post on Facebook asking just what was so offensive about peace, charity, and love and all the other things that Christmas stands for. I don’t believe that they hate the secular parts of Christmas they hate what Christmas stands for Christ and Christianity.
Matthew 10:22-25 (ESV)
22 and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 23 When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next, for truly, I say to you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for the disciple to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household.
Christ message wasn’t just about love, he laid down the toughest moral rules ever. Loving your enemy, and not even thinking about sex with someone you are not married to is a really tough act to follow. Even the best people look like trash compared to his moral standards.
As true as it is, no one likes to be told that we are dirty rotten sinners. In order to spread the Good News about God’s Grace, we have to first tell people that they are sinners who do not deserve to go to Heaven, and need forgiveness! We all need to hear it at some point, but no one wants to hear it!
When we are telling people that all are sinners in need of forgiveness, they might be reminded of loved ones who went to the grave as non-Christians. They might even come from a non-Christian culture. Imagine if someone told you that everyone you have ever loved is now in Hell! Without the aid of the Holy Spirit that statement would bring even the best of us to hate.
While there is really no good fix to this situation, we can soften the blow by prayer before and after we witness, and when we do witness do it with as much wisdom and love as possible.
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe in one holy universal and apostolic church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Christians aren’t the only ones looking for the first “uncaused cause” of the universe. Everyone, theists and atheists alike, is looking for the cause of a universe that clearly had a beginning. If the cause of the universe was itself caused, then our search for the beginning of everything would continue, wouldn’t it? We’d be sifting through a series of previous causes toward infinity past, and we all recognize that a search of this nature is both futile and illogical.
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