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.

The War on Christmas

Daily Show War on ChristmasEvery year in America there is a ‘War on Christmas’ as sold by Fox News.

Is it so…or is it an exaggeration?

Oh, and while we are here…don’t be concerned about people using the phrase ‘Happy Holidays’…it’s an appropriate way of covering what we call the holiday period that starts about Christmas and ends in the New Year rather than saying “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year”…not so sinister ah?

And one more thing, please this year…show some holiday spirit and don’t believe the hype you’ll hear some on talkback stations that Christmas is being banned in places like kindergartens. What normally follows those ignorant statements is someone then blaming a minority for the changes. If…and I do say if…this happens anywhere the likely scenario is that some pen-pusher bureaucrat decided independently that someone may be offended so they make the move, when they needn’t.

Check out The Daily Show’s take on the War on Christmas from last night…

Part One

Part Two