Opportunity

Dean Baquet, the executive editor of the New York Times, was interviewed last week on “Fresh Air” on NPR. The discussion was mostly about the relationship between the Times and then presidential candidate Donald Trump. Baquet defended the paper’s coverage of Trump, but said that one of his goals after the election is to better understand “the anger and disconnectedness that people feel.”

Baquet said the paper needed to be “more creative” in working to understand the country. One of the things they need to understand better is religion.

“I think that the New York-based — and Washington-based too, probably — media powerhouses don’t quite get religion. We have a fabulous religion writer, but she’s all alone. We don’t get religion.  We don’t get the role of religion in people’s lives.  And I think we can do much, much better.”

Should anyone be surprised? Lots of people don’t “get religion.”

But for those who do “get” what God is up to in Jesus Christ, Christmas is the best time of the year. Christmas is both a secular and religious holiday. Both the secular and religious celebrations share many of the same values. At no other time of the year, do Christians have a better chance to explain the real meaning behind the celebration and the hope that they have in the birth of the Savior.

Instead of feeling sorry for themselves that others don’t “get” them, Christians should look at this time of the year as the opportunity it is.

Most of the people around Jesus didn’t “get” him either.

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