By John Pierce

Christmas is comforting in many ways: family, friends and familiar traditions. There is even a feeling of warmth in the main attraction: an innocent baby born long ago.

Yet it is that child who grew to say some of the most challenging words one could ever consider. Such as:

“The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you….”

Indeed, the fuller meaning of Christmas comes when we understand that it is easier to admire a newborn baby than to heed the radical, inclusive, counter-culture message that follows.

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