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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Lessons in the faith from children - Part II

A CHRISTIAN charity is sending a film on the Christmas story to all 26,000 primary schools in Britain after hearing of a young boy who asked his teacher why Mary and Joseph named their baby after a swear word. [source]

What a tragedy it is when the image of Jesus in the mind of a child is that of a swear word. What a tragedy it is when the name of Jesus becomes a word that should not be spoken. Yet, when it is forbidden to speak the name of Jesus in devotion so that others may not be offended, the name of Jesus will only be spoken in cursing and swearing and mocking.

Do we who claim to follow Jesus strive to present his name in a way that gives it honor or do we keep his name silent? Do we speak the name of Jesus with the intention of bringing love or bringing curses?

We have been challenged to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the world, apparently we have a long way to go.


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