Why Are We Surprised: Happy Holidays, Terrorist, Atheist, and the Gospel

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written” 1 Corinthians 1:18

That word folly is another way of saying foolishness. What Paul is penning is that the Gospel is foolish to those who do not believe. They do not understand why we worship Jesus. They do not understand why we read our Bible. It has not captured their hearts and thus they do not see it in the same light as we see it. However, many christians expect them to see it that way, and that is just as foolish.

This has been a crazy and sad week. 132 children were killed in Pakistan, and the group “Freedom from Religion Foundation” wrote a letter to my hometown (Rainbow City, AL) about the nativity scene at City Hall. On top of that is Christmas. Christians are once again upset by someone saying “Happy Holidays” because it is what they are to do for their job instead of saying “Merry Christmas.”

I will admit my heart is saddened by the response about water boarding report from Christians. I have not watched much about the report, nor have I read it. I have read social media posts from individuals who claim Christ who have not only come out in support of torture of another human, but also shown no regard in the eternal resting place of this person. I hate murder. I understand justice must occur, but that does not mean we as christians advocate torture and rejoice in the death of those going to an eternal Hell. Paul Washer said well what I wish I could articulate, “”Please pray for the men, women, and children of the Arab world. Look into their faces. Plead on their behalf for their salvation & their peace. Terrorism is a reality, but we must not dehumanize all Arabs as “the enemy” or be unconcerned for their temporal and eternal welfare. We must always remember that Christ was slain and purchased with His blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation (Rev. 5:9).” Justice will be served one way or another, if not here there will be eternal justice.

We have Christians on social media in a frenzy because someone told them “Happy Holidays.” To me that is not showing Christ. Correcting an employee for doing their job does not make them thin, “Man these christians are right.” They may be a christians and are following their companies policy, worse if they are not why would they want to be? You can not tell usually by appearance what someone is celebrating this time of year. All the employee is simply saying is, “Hey, whatever you are celebrating, I hope it’s happy.” Is that so wrong? I pray that they understand and grasp the reality of why Christmas is indeed a reason to be merry. However, complaining and passive aggressive social media post do not show that.

I do not agree with the nativity scene being taken down. I do think the FFRF is a bully picking fights. I am not surprised however. These atheist do not know Christ and though they act in a way that reflects that. Christians, we need to reflect the image of God back to these people. We must pray for them. We must be careful what we say and how we say it. We can either be a witness to this organization, or we can fuel even more hate. We can be passionate about what we believe while being compassionate to the spiritual state of the lost.

Why are we surprised then? What we believe is foolishness to them. And if we truly believe what the Bible says then we understand the dire need for them to encounter Christ. It starts then with us. Are we pointing them to the cross or away from it?