So, I learned something new this week.
Sir Issac Newton, the English physicist and mathematician, was born on December 25th. I did not know that.
I learned this because Neil deGrasse Tyson, the well known American astrophysicist and author, tweeted about it on Christmas Day.
In fact, he tweeted out several things, about Christmas, Newton and Santa. You can see screen captures of his tweets below.
His tweets caused quite a bit of outrage among many people; but mostly, I suspect, Christians. There is a link below to one of the news stories about it; just google it and you’ll find plenty more if you desire.
I suppose some of the folks were upset because they took his comments to be disrespectful, antagonizing or both.
I’ve looked at his tweets several times, and while to me they seem mostly benign, I suppose this is a case where different people can read them differently.
But for the sake of discussion, let’s assume the tweets were meant to be snarky, offensive, derisive and mean-spiritied.
My response is the same: who cares? And why would we expect any different?
We live in a society that is hypocritical, judgmental, rude, uncaring, selfish and self-absorbed.
And that’s just those of us claiming to be Christians.
There are plenty of folks in our pluralistic society, both famous and not, that speak and act derisively about and towards Christians.
But so what? It was largely the same in Jesus’ time as well.
I just think that for those of us who proclaim to be followers of Jesus, the right reaction to such comments, even assuming they are intended to be offensive, etc, is grace.
Perhaps we need to reacquaint ourselves with Jesus’ command that we turn the other cheek? Love our enemies? Do good to those who hate us?
Yup, Jesus commands us to do all that in Luke 6:27-36. Remember?
So why aren’t we doing that?
Why do we allow ourselves to get upset when folks say such things about Jesus or his followers today? We shouldn’t.
What we should do is remember that Jesus loved all people. So much so, that we believe he sacrificed his life for all of us.
Isn’t that the example we should be striving for?
We shouldn’t get mad or upset; or reply with nasty tweets of our own; or self-righteously holding ourselves up as better than the assumed offender.
Grace. Simple grace.
Article Link: Neil deGrasse Tyson sparks Internet fight with Christmas tweets
Scripture link: Luke 6:27-36
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