Some people in Norway are named Jesus, I read in the paper today. They are all immigrants from different parts of the world. I would feel really funny being called Jesus myself. Like I thought I was somebody.
But that people are named Jesus doesn’t concern me as much as the fear of Jesus in this country. I am serious. People are afraid of Jesus. And the fear is not only a Norwegian fear. It seems to be spreading.
Why can’t we talk about him in public? Why can’t the children know why we celebrate Christmas? Why do we have to call the season a holiday only, or, like many do in Norway, a winter fest? Why are so many people offended when his name is brought up in any public setting, but it is, for example, totally OK to speak about Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. I recently was made aware that even the national calendar association is not putting the explanation of Christian holidays on the calendars anymore. Instead there will be such things as: “The witches come out of hiding,” on Christmas day, and: “The bears wake up,” on Easter Day. Why are people so afraid to mention Jesus?
It can’t be because they don’t believe he lived. Everybody knows he did.
Is it because of what he said? I think that must be it. He talked about loving your enemies. He talked about sharing with the poor. He talked about loving the children, about caring for widows, about forgiveness. He talked about being a servant of all and about respecting one another. He talked about loving your neighbor as yourself and about doing to others what you would want them to do for you.
I think that must be why we are not allowed to talk about him. That kind of talk is OFFENSIVE! Why should our children be forced to hear about a man who said and did such insulting things?
He didn’t just talk. He DID too. He gave status to women. He healed the sick. He showed mercy. He fed the hungry. He touched the lepers. He hang out with the losers. He lived simply. He didn’t own a mansion.
Who would want their kids to follow an example like THAT? I mean, let them follow Justin Beaver, or was it Bieber, or Miley Cyrus instead. They are so innocent in all their wealth and plastic smiles.
Then he (Jesus) got killed in the most brutal way because he said he loved us. He loved people so much he was willing to die for them.
I have to admit that THAT is a bit hard to relate to. Who does that? But even though we don’t understand everything he said and everything he did, do we need to pretend like he didn’t and that he doesn’t exist? Why is it wrong for us to bring up the name of a man who willingly gave his life for others? Is it because we afraid he will require something from us and we are too comfortable to give anything up? Is that it?
Then he said he was the son of God, and that he would live forever. And that he could forgive sins. OK, those are all hard things to understand. Even for me. But again, just because we don’t understand something, do we need to shut up about it? Seriously? Do you understand nuclear reactors? But we can still talk about them, and we can still believe in them.
If people are so sure that Jesus is a hoax, then why so afraid to mention his name? Why so afraid that people have to hear about him? I have no problem with my kids reading fairytales. I know they are fairytales and so do my kids. So why are the doubters not letting their kids even be exposed to the name of Jesus. Who are they afraid of?
Why are people so afraid of Jesus? Why can we go on and on about Michael Jackson, who quite frankly was rather odd, but we are not allowed to speak about the most amazing human being who ever lived?
The world is weird. And why is it that we put up with it?
I think I am going to make 2012 my Yes to Jesus year.