Do Christians need to be offended?

St Matthews in the City has brought out its yearly ‘controversial’ billboard and some Christians in NZ, and around the world, are outraged…but my question is “should Christian’s get offended?” and furthermore, “Does God need Christians to get their panties in a bunch, to ‘defend’ him?”

In my opinion the short answer is ‘No!’

Just for clarity the billboard is somewhat ambiguous as to whether it’s calling Jesus gay, or just cheekily stating that after a birth you ‘come out’ of your mother (too much detail?)

Christians are called to ‘love their neighbour as themselves, and love their God with everything they have.’ That’s it, that’s the core basics of a Christian faith.

Offence is something that maybe we cannot control, it boils up and overtakes us…but then we make an intentional choice as to what to do with that offence, my suggestion to Christians is before you jump up and down, before you rip down the billboard, before you slam those that put the billboard up just think of those four little initials WWJD? Or if you’d prefer WWGD?

If you come to the conclusion that God would jump up and down, get his panties in a bunch, and tear down that billboard or slam those who put it up…then you follow a different God than I read about in the bible.

Honestly people, how does what can only be described, based on numbers, as a fringe movement in the Anglican church effect your faith, your life, your relationship with your God…or anything else in your life?

Enjoy the season, love you neighbour, don’t be afraid of people trying purposely to generate controversial conversation, love your God and chill-lax.

4 thoughts on “Do Christians need to be offended?

  1. Lynne December 18, 2012 / 15:51

    I don’t think Christians need to be offended. Come out? Like come out into the world and be seen by everyone?

  2. FionaH December 18, 2012 / 17:18

    I am not offended by this signpost. It could mean a number of things but lets say it is referring to the “gay” thing then I would just say I am confident that Jesus was a man who was not sexually active and was not gay so I don’t need to get upset. These things just make us look petty and judgement. I would rather use this billboard to pursue conversations about the Jesus we celebrate at Christmas.

  3. Melanie December 18, 2012 / 21:16

    “Time for Jesus to come out” could also be:
    “Time for Jesus to come out… of where he’s been packed away since last Christmas, and Mary… and Joseph and everyone else in the nativity scene that is set up in some houses at this time of year.”
    Which in turn is a comment on how a lot of people pull Jesus out for Christmas day, attend Christmas church services and so on, and then pack him away again from their day to day lives until the next Christmas.
    So personally I think it is a very clever billboard because it can be read in many different ways and anything that challenges our thinking is all good.

  4. Joshua December 20, 2012 / 12:49

    We know as Christians that Jesus Christ was not homosexual.. And we know God, through his word, has some very definate things to say about sexual morality..
    It is disappointing to see that a church would muddy the waters by even entertaining the idea that Jesus was gay. It is so comprising to present that possition and confusing to see we have taken that possition.
    Better to stand on the right side of the controversy than to stir it up.

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