It’s funny to consider that at the mere mention of the name “Jesus”, controversy insues. It’s as if the unbeliever has heard the most vulgar word known to man. Though we know this reality is fact, we see and hear the Jesus controversy brew and form itself mostly during the holiday season. Everything from the debate between the “Christmas Tree vs. Holiday Tree”; or the phrase “Merry Christmas vs. Happy Solstice”; or finally the debate between “Christmas Carols” vs. “Festive Holiday Music”. To the believer in Jesus, unbelievers have become the “Scrooge” of Christmas. Yet to the unbeliever, the believer has become the “less tolerant” of people’s opinions and beliefs.
Basically, it boils down to one specific person- Jesus. Ever wonder why people have an issue with Jesus? People don’t necessarily have an issue towards God or an issue with spirituality, however their issue is with the person of Jesus Christ. Mainly because Jesus claimed things about Himself that no other “god/philosophy” could ever claim for themselves. For example: Jesus said He was “The Way the Truth and the Life” and that NO ONE could ever get to His Father (God) except through Him (John 14:6). Most people would find that statement arrogant, intolerant and down right wrong. Yet Jesus’ claim of Himself never shifted nor changed. Jesus goes on to say that He was the “Resurrection and the Life” and whoever believes in Him, even though he would die, he was going to live (John 11:25)! Do you see why Jesus was controversial?
Even to this day people have an issue with the fact that Jesus is truly the Son of the living God. People may say, “there are many ways to heaven”, or “all roads lead to the same place”. Yet Jesus has not and will not share His throne with no one. He is the only Way to salvation, He is the only Way to a true abundant life, He is the only Way to forgiveness of sins, and He is the only Way to eternal life with Him. Though many may consider other devices, other religions, and other philosophies, still one cannot reject the fact that Jesus is in fact who He say’s He is and is still the most controversial figure in 2011.
He didn’t say “Me plus so and so equals salvation”. On the contrary, He claimed to be the only way and non-other. In other words He didn’t say, “Me plus my earthly mother Mary equal salvation”. Sadly enough it was the vatican that declared that, not Jesus. (You can see more here) Again, despite our religious and/or denominational background or religious and “spiritual” teachings, Jesus is still in fact the Way to salvation no matter who claims otherwise. This is why Jesus came to the world, “to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).
So it really doesn’t matter if major retails stores rejects using the word Christmas, or if a towns city hall takes down the traditional nativity display or if a governor calls it a holiday tree and not a Christmas tree, we must remember as believers in Christ, “for the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Cor 1:18). Hence knowing this fact we must preach the gospel, walk in the love and truth of Christ and not water down the absolute truth and fact that Jesus is still the Way in the manger!
Finally, I leave you with this politically correct holiday greeting, enjoy!
“Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice holiday(tm), practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secularpersuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all . . . and a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2011, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great, (not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country or is the only “AMERICA” in the western hemisphere), and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, choice of computer platform, or sexual orientation of the wishee.
By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms: This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others, and is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion oft he wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.”- Author Unknown