In a recent article that was featured here on WordPress, I came across an interesting comment by the author:
I wonder when people will realize that Jesus doesn’t need our protection. Jesus doesn’t need to be protected from archaeological evidence. Jesus doesn’t need to be protected from his own contextual history and he doesn’t need to be protected from scientific inquiry. Jesus doesn’t need to be protected from “liberal” theology, and he doesn’t need to be protected from the questions we may have about the birth of the religion we’ve named after him.
Jesus doesn’t need to be protected from anything you or I can write—no matter how critical it is. The only thing in need of protection is the collective ego belonging to this generation’s very fearful Christian fundamentalists—an ego which cannot bear the prospect of being wrong.
Some context: this tract is in regards to Fox News’s reaction to a recent book that seeks to “reveal” Christ as a good teacher and moral philosopher who only became labeled as the Son of God long after His death. This version of Jesus is often referred to as the “historical” Jesus.
Nevermind the book; I haven’t read it and am therefore one of billions of people unable to comment on its particulars. Suffice to say that every argument I have ever encountered placing the deification of Christ after His own lifetime and on the onus of others beside Himself rests on a bias: anti-supernaturalism. We’ll leave that at that.
My concern here is the lengthy quote above. Some people might say that Truth doesn’t need to be defended; it can stand up by itself, thank you very much. The problem with that is that it is nothing more than a refusal to engage in conversation. It doesn’t matter whether the person is a Unitarian Universalist or orthodox to the core; if you think that you no longer need to defend your position, you have stopped thinking.
Peter demands that each of us should give an answer for our faith (1 Peter 3:15). That means, among other things, that we should be prepared to explain why we believe what we believe about Jesus. Should commentators handle challenges to the traditional view of Christ as God with a little more finesse and grace? Yes. Should Christians sit back and allow a false view of who Christ was to wash over the masses unchecked? No. Should Fox News commentators stop it? Yes.
So, to wrap it up, Jesus is God, regardless of whether people acknowledge that fact. But we, as Christians, must be devoted to protecting and upholding the Truth. To advocate for anything less is cowardice.