Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | December 16, 2008

Christmas Branded Evil

   The world has become increasingly hostile to Christmas, Christians, and Christ. I am not surprised that, once again, atheists and secularists have taken aim at public displays of manger scenes and more. But, this year Muslim lawyer Anjem Choudary publically denounced Christmas as evil and “the pathway to hellfire.” This is the same guy who praised the Mumbai terror attacks. “The very concept of Christmas contradicts and conflicts with the foundation of Islam,” said Choudary. Okay, but what about the terror attacks? As much as I disagree with Choudary’s views concerning Christmas and Mumbai, his rhetoric is consistent with his worldview.

   Comments like Choudary’s remind me of why I am attracted to Jesus and want to follow His example. Jesus never took a life but instead gave His life. Nor did He ever command His followers to harm or to use violence against those who reject Him or His claims. When one of His disciples drew a sword and injured one of Jesus’ own enemies, Jesus rebuked him and healed the injured man (Luke 22:50-51; John 8:10-11). Jesus was compassionate to the end. When any of His followers use the sword to persuade or to punish another, they do so in violation of His example and teachings.

   The birth of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, was largely unnoticed by the world. But, it was noticed in heaven. The angel who first appeared to the shepherds was joined by a multitude of angels (Luke 2:13). John recorded in Revelation that he had seen an exceedingly great number of angels in his vision of heaven (see Rev. 5:11). The birth of Jesus prompted this heavenly host to join together in praising God.

   Like the angels, I too praise God for sending Jesus. He did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many (Matt. 20:28). The message of Christmas is a message of hope for all people. Today, more than 2,100 people groups are still waiting for the opportunity to hear the Christmas story. Many of these people are kept in darkness by hostile cultures, governments, religions, and those who denounce Christmas as “the pathway to hellfire.” Every one of the 5.6 billion people on the planet deserves the opportunity to hear about and to make their own decision about the Christ of Christmas.

   The heavenly host expressed praise to God through a memorable doxology (Luke 2:14). These angels ascribed glory to God, who dwells in the highest heaven, for sending His Son into the world. The Christ of Christmas did not come to the world to pave a pathway to hellfire. Instead, He made this remarkable claim — “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). So, Mr. Choudary, I will take my chances and celebrate the birth of Jesus, God’s “indescribable gift” (2 Cor. 9:15). After all, when I look at Christmas and the Mumbai attack, Christmas is clearly the lesser of two evils! And, by the way, the Christ of Christmas loves you too, Mr. Choudary.

• • • • •

Note | Read Muslim lawyer Anjem Choudary brands Christmas “evil”


Responses

  1. It should no longer catch us by surprise that the world hates us and Christ. He promised this and the Scriptures point to a time when the world will be turned upside down. Honestly I just didn’t expect it to happen in America during MY lifetime.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Categories

%d bloggers like this: