Tuesday, December 13, 2005

To the Christians in this time of Christmas ...

What kind of Christian are you?

So, what kind of Christian are you? Are you a Matthew 25:35 Christian or a John 14:6 Christian?

These seem to be the two camps. Those who place all of the weight upon John, when he reported Christ saying “"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me,” and those who put their attentions on Christ’s words: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me… I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' '”

So, which are you?

If you call yourself a Christian, when faced with tolerance and inclusiveness, which path do you choose? When a salesclerk at Target greets you with a merry, “Happy Holidays!” do you choose to turn to the verse of decisiveness that declares no tolerance for those of a different religion or do you turn to the verse that says that whatever you do for the least person, the person of the lowest class, you have done that for Him?

What Would Jesus Do?


Bill Baar said...

Jesus is a Jehovah's witness and doesn't celebrate Christmas because it's a Pagan holiday.

Jamie Goodwin said...

Actually Bill that is probably true. In Jesus' time Jews did not celebrate birthdays. It is highly unlikely that people who actually knew Jesus would have ever thought of celebrating the day of his birth. His death was probably much more meaningful to them.

As for me, i perer Merry Christmas but in no way does "Happy Holidays" offend me. Like a friend of mine said last year. I am just happy that someone felt enough for a passin stranger to say anything kind at all.