These days, children being born out of wedlock is no big deal. Hey, we don’t even use that term anymore. Living together, having children without getting married … those are just, these days, seen as valid lifestyle choices. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying they’re right, just that that’s how it is.
Back when most of us were growing up, the technical name for a child being born out of wedlock was, yep, you remember it: “a bastard”.
And as unsettling as it is, as disturbing as it is to our celebration of Christmas, that’s exactly what Jesus was and how He was seen when He was born, in a society far more prudish, far more legalistic, far more concerned with social morays, than even the one in which many of us grew up.
Jesus, the illegitimate God.
So, what exactly should we be celebrating, this Christmas?