When the Christmas story is told, we mainly hear about Mary and baby Jesus born in a manger. Now, don’t get me wrong, nothing means more to me than the birth of my Lord and Savior, but as people across the world flock to churches to hear the story of Jesus’ birth and celebrate his coming to earth I want to talk about another person tucked away in the crevices of the Christmas story. You see there’s another “J” man who may have been overlooked as the wise men were onlookers at the nativity scene. That man is Joseph. I understand Jesus is the focus and Mary is magnificent for offering her life to carry the one who would bring eternal life to the world, but Joseph’s character deserves some credit in the story.
Joseph lives more by faith and less by logic
Joseph refused to expose Mary to hatred of the world
Cyberbullying is running rampant and is our modern-day stoning.
We live in a society of people ready to shame anybody at the drop off a hat. Our arsenals are armed and actively anticipating opportunities to attack others. We put them on blast, burn or roast them. If you even happen to look at someone the wrong way, let alone become pregnant by another man, you end up being humiliated on social media or television. I mean all you have to do is watch an episode of Maury to see this in action. When men hear the resounding words, “You are NOT the father,” they prance around ecstatic that the baby isn’t theirs and then go on a rampage riddling the woman with repulsive names. I understand people willingly sign up to be on TV shows of this nature, but it still provides a snapshot of the world we live in. Cyberbullying is running rampant and is our modern-day stoning. Our keyboards become our weapons for cutting others down while our computer screens offer security from the scars we leave. Shame surrounds us and envelops us like a heavy cloak. Joseph actions were quite counter-cultural.Our keyboards become our weapons for cutting others down while our computer screens offer security from the scars we leave. Click To Tweet
The right way isn’t always the popular way
We know how the story goes with baby Jesus in the womb. As Joseph is planning how to divorce Mary quietly without bringing her disgrace an angel appears to Joseph in a dream. This angel tells him to take Mary as his wife for the baby is from the Holy Spirit. Do you think he felt relief? “Oh, that’s great news Mr. angel because I thought another man got her pregnant. No big deal now that I know it’s the Holy Spirit!” Maybe he was grateful for being chosen but uncertain of what the future would hold with a child from the Holy Spirit? I’m sure they got a few accusatory looks from the community. The desperate housewives of the day would have had a heyday with this news. It’s possible people whispered and shot judgmental glances towards them, but he protected his wife through it all choosing an unpopular position over the popular public opinion. As a man of righteousness, he knew the right way would not always be the popular way.
Do you know a man/woman like Joseph? What has that person done to stand up for what he/she believed was right when the world would suggest otherwise?