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Christianity Controversy Continues

I’m sure you’ve noticed that these days anyone can mention the name of any religion or the name of any religious leader and its okay; except Christianity or the name of Christ Jesus.  It seems as though society becomes unglued when those names or mentioned.  Andrea Lafferty, writing in the Right Side News blog gives an excellent example of this when she talks about how Brit Hume of Fox News Sunday is getting lambasted for suggesting to Tiger Woods that he can get his life together by turning to Christianity instead of Buddhism.  I’m sure if Tiger Woods was a Christian and Brit suggested that Tiger turned to Buddhism, there would be little or no outcry at all.

As a Christian, I find it amazing that the same people who are “offended” when the hear about Christ Jesus or Christianity, are the same people who boast about how they believe everybody has the right of free speech.  Of course we all know what they really mean is people have the right of speech that they approve of.  When Christians hear the name of another religion or religious leader, we don’t get all bent out of shape.  Those names mean very little to us.  Why can’t unbelievers give Christians the same courtesy?  Could it be that deep down inside they know that there really is something to the name of Christ Jesus.  Maybe they know that therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11.

Perhaps we Christians get offended when someone tells us that they are offended by our use of the name of Christ Jesus. Maybe there are other Christians who feel the same way.  But most Christians respond in love, not hatred and vitriol.  Maybe more Christians should stand up to these people while we still have freedom of speech.  If we don’t, that freedom soon may be a thing of the past.  That being said, we must remember that Christ Jesus died for these people too.  Therefore, His love must be reflected in our behavior.

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