Lunatic, Liar or Lord

If I updated my Facebook status and called myself “Savior of all mankind” you’d think I’d lost my mind. You’d call me nuts, a liar and probably then do the modern equivalent of walking away… unfriend me.

Which brings us to the essence of Christmas.

We’ve lost our perspective, we’ve co-opted and bent the meaning of what happened two millennium ago. Worse, we’ve connected it with an economic growth chart.

Christmas isn’t about buying things for people. It’s not about black Friday sales, two-for-one coupons or PayPal transactions.

It’s not about lying to our kids about Santa Claus coming to our homes, eating cookies and leaving swag behind. It’s not about blockbuster movies, red and green, twinkling lights or ugly sweaters.

It’s not about a family reunion, pine trees from a Northern region or sentimentalism.

Christmas isn’t even about making an annual trek to church.

Christmas is about relating to a person who was born a few thousand years ago. There is a question embedded in this man’s existence; a response required to the claims he made; he was either deluded, lying, or telling the truth.

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.” That is the one thing we must not say. A man who said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” – C.S. Lewis

Lunatic, liar or Lord?

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