, ,

I read on the Fox News website of a family with a placard (sign) in their yard that said “Jesus.” To this family, the sign represents the Christmas holiday, “As part of our Christmas decoration, we would display the name Jesus to point out to everyone that we in this family believe that the reason for the season is to celebrate the birth of Jesus,” said Mark Wivell told FOX43.”

This was too much for another resident in the homeowner’s association. Evidently, “one of the neighbors reported it as offensive.”

More “evidently,” one family, I suppose, wanted to be offended.

We are an offended society, and I am aggravated at you if you don’t accept my being offended! Tomi Lahren had a good post concerning “snow-flakes,” so easily offended at any little thing.

Two words of exhortation. First, with regard to the signage in the front yard that speaks to “Jesus, the reason for the Season.” Those who know Scripture, know the Lord put no (absolutely zero) emphasis on the date of the Jesus’s birth. Much attention is given to His birth, but no emphasis is given to the date. Moreover, there is nothing in Scripture that speaks to gift-giving on account of Jesus’ birth. Both of these are traditions of man, and of no real consequence.

Those who want to observe it, let them observe Christmas as a day they think is best. If opportunity allows me to teach, then I will.

A second word of exhortation is related to the words of the apostle Paul. The Good News Bible reads this way: “Be wise in the way you act toward those who are not believers, making good use of every opportunity you have. Your speech should always be pleasant and interesting, and you should know how to give the right answer to everyone” (Colossians 4:5-6).

I take from these words the Holy Spirit’s exhortation to be thoughtful in the choice of words I use, but those words I use should be used in a positive direction. The positive direction I have in mind is not associated with how the world operates, but how the Lord operates. Those who love the Lord always seek to tell the truth in things that pertain to God (cf. Galatians 4:16).

It is not my intention to ever offend a single person. I am not naïve; some people just want to be offended. If there is nothing you do or say that is offensive, then they will make something up; that is the nature of those who think along these lines.

Yet, when you say the truth of God, then be sure that some will be offended – they just want to be! RT