Put up a Christmas tree, hang some holly on the door, hold a parade down Main Street and no one complains. But, just MENTION the name of Jesus and see what happens. Have you noticed?
An atheist organization located in Wisconsin threatened to sue Henderson County over public display of a Nativity scene annually placed on the Henderson County Courthouse lawn. Atheists say the scene offends them? Can you believe something so simple as a manger scene of baby Jesus and his mother arouses such anger, such consternation? Actually, that is exactly what the Nativity scene is supposed to do.
What? Do I suggest it is the intent of Christians to offend atheists? No, I don’t suggest such a thing. Jesus warned us this would happen.
While Jesus walked this earth, his life was a continual offense to his townsmen and even his family. On one occasion, when he returned to his hometown to teach about the Kingdom of God, his old neighbors reviled him. He offended them.
What was, and is today, so offensive about Jesus Christ? It is his cross that offends and we who have been born again of the Spirit bear the stench of death to atheists. The Cross of Jesus is foolishness to atheists.
Over 5,000 of us rallied in Athens yesterday (17 Dec 2011), not to protest the atheists, but to reaffirm our faith in Jesus Christ. And, so what should be our response to future complaints from atheists? Jesus says we are to love them and pray for them.
If you are a true Christian, you have no reason to be ashamed. Just take care to not deny him publicly. If you do deny him publicly, he’ll deny you in Heaven.