You might think that on Christmas Day it wouldn’t be hard to talk about Jesus. But I get a little nervous just bringing mentioning him. I know that’s sad, but I get anxious because I’m a pretty left-leaning liberal Democrat and I think that I will immediately have to start explaining my interest in Jesus.
The problem is that there is now this thing about what it means to say that you are a Christian. The far right and the fundamentalist Christians have so hijacked the perception of this faith tradition that I always feel like I have to say, “Well, I’m a Christian, but…”
What follows that “but” is this: “But I am not crazy; and I am not a fundamentalist, and I am not without a factual understanding of the Bible. I’ve read it more than once. In graduate school we dissected it. I know who wrote it—and who didn’t. Jesus never told us to read the Bible; he never saw a Christian Bible. Please.