Where’s Jesus?

I have been saddened to read, watch and hear of the events recently at Virginia Tech.  I have dealt with death closely recently myself, but I can not even begin to imagine what the people closest to this tragedy are dealing with.  For many of students, faculty and family members it must have been wonderful to gather together for a campus convocation soon after the events.  At this assembly the University President, Governor and the President all spoke.  Joining them were representatives of the major religions of the United States. 

I wanted to address something that was observed at this convocation that is not related to the tragedy.  This post is not about those events.

Headline: University convocation told of Allah, not Jesus. Speakers also invoke Buddha, Dalai Lama

This brings up a point that seems to be more and more common in our nation today.  Even in events where government or religious leaders gather, Jesus is absent.  We hear them speak of God and faith and hope and love and comfort, but Jesus is absent.

Without Jesus, “God” becomes the common deity that “we all know” or “a higher power, as you understand it.” 

This however is not consistent with the New Testament.  For example, Paul consistently identifies the God of the Bible as the “God and Father of Jesus Christ.”  This identifies who God is in a very unique way.  Peter also spoke the following:

“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”

Perhaps this is the real issue.  The name of Jesus is quite significant.  As we have discussed already, Jesus said he is the only way to God.  Leaving Jesus out keeps more people “unoffended”.

9/11’s National Day of Prayer and Remembrance – no mention of Jesus’ name

Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial Prayer Service Address – no mention of Jesus’ name

Perhaps one shouldn’t expect government leaders to do this, even if they consider themselves Christian.  But the Christian representatives at the convocation didn’t speak of Christ either.  In fact, some leaders are even told to shy away from it altogether.

Military Chaplains told to shy from Jesus

I hope we are not tempted to follow this same example.  Jesus is the central figure of our faith!  Jesus is the founder of our movement.  Those who confess Jesus as their Lord must never be ashamed of him!  May the name and gospel of Christ be proclaimed from our lips more and more each day.

  • Why do you think Jesus Christ’s name was missing from the convocation and other events?
  • Is this an over analysis?
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5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by JohnO on April 20, 2007 at 1:00 am

    I do not think this is an over-reaction or over-analyzed. I think this is a good rational look at the issue. People are often offended by truth. Jesus is the truth – thus they fight against it. You don’t see people worried that Allah was spoken, or Buddha, no the government isn’t endorsing them by allowing them to speak. Yet when Christ is spoken, all the sudden the government is endorsing it. Hypocrisy.

    “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” – Mark 8.38

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  2. Posted by Patty on April 20, 2007 at 5:32 pm

    To be very truthful, where is the comfort in understanding that someone died without Christ, without their sin being paid for. Its a very difficult thing for me yet God will have mercy on who he determines he wants to. Do you think this is true?

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  3. I agree that that sort of situation becomes very challenging to deal with. But I think what is odd is you have “Christian” leaders and ministers on stage looking to comfort people who are grieving and the name of Jesus Christ is absent – meanwhile the views of other groups are openly expressed.

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  4. Posted by Patty on April 21, 2007 at 2:27 am

    I definitely agree with that Victor. Do you think that this is a eg. of what we are in for in the future? If these “christian” leaders are so intimidated so as not to mention the name of Jesus what does that mean for those who will?

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  5. We had an excellent discussion tonight at our fellowship about what is coming…the world is becoming more and more evil while at the same time more tolerant of that same thing. One question that came up tonight that really got me thinking was “if the evil in this world now is so prevelant, what is going to be tolerated in the next few years? If our society is embracing homosexuals and their ‘marriage’, perhaps in the next 10 years people will begin to talk about accepting people who have sexual relations with animals….” who knows…

    I thought this sermon by Bob Matheison was excellent on this subject:

    http://web.mac.com/kirsty07/iWeb/Site/Podcast/1111624E-1FA6-4B14-9B26-E5E0CA5A420A.html

    Thanks for your comments Patty.
    -VG

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