Moral Contradictions

Saturday, December 10, 2005

What would Jesus say?

The only time in the Bible where Jesus becomes enraged is when he destroys the moneychanger's tables at the Temple. Why? The "house of prayer" was desecrated as it had been turned into a "den of robbers" (Matthew 21:12-13; Luke 19:45-46 NIV).

The Twelve followed him for three years, yet not all was smooth with his other disciples:

"The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. Yet there are some of you who do not believe"...From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him (John 6:63-64, 66 NIV).

These folks listened and walked with our Lord - face-to-face. We believe in Him today because of a book, which leads us to see His work around us; they physically interacted with Jesus, yet still did not believe. You can read on in the Gospel and see that even the Twelve did not fully understand what happened until after Jesus was nailed to a tree.

Jesus said words and did His actions knowing what His fate would be: death, so that all can live. He spent years preparing for His ministry, and the fact that He was able to stay alive for three years and not have been killed by the Pharisees sooner took divine intervention.

Just as Jesus devoted His physical body towards pointing others to eternal life and nourishment of the Spirit, so should we Christians.

Defacing the call of Christianity and engaging national discourse as well as raw emotions over a petty and ultimately meaningless secular affirmation of our Savior's birth does not fit with my understanding of what Jesus was working towards 2000 years ago. The entire "War on Christmas" smells of a power struggle, of which in the end there will be no winners. Jesus changed the world under a polytheistic Roman government near its imperial peak, yet even He was killed by his own.

If Jesus came back today, would we recognize Him?

More importantly, would he recognize us?


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