Christmas and the Love of GodDecember 22, 2005
Here is a great piece by Tony Campolo over at Beliefnet.com about how Christmas shows the power of God's love and "shatters the image of a harsh God." Here are a couple of highlights:
"Christmas shatters any idea that God is some kind of vengeful tyrant bent on smiting any who fail to live up to His expectations. The image of a harsh, punishing deity is contradicted when we discover that our God was incarnated in a baby in Bethlehem’s manger."
"From Bethlehem to Calvary, we learn that God is not a condemning God, but a friend to sinners. In Scripture we read, 'There is therefore no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.' This Christmas, be thankful for the God who comes to us in weakness because He loves; a God who annihilates any belief that He is a harsh and vindictive deity. His coming to us in Jesus is all the proof we need that in His love He wills peace on earth and good will for us all."