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Joseph and Mary had Jesus while traveling for a census that would raise taxes on the Jews, yet another humiliation of them by Rome.
Welcome to my work! My latest book of columns, "Race, Faith and Politics Today," has won honors for Best Non-Fiction Book from the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists and Best Book on Religion (Eastern/Western) in the national eLit Awards. I also presented the volume in session at 2016's Church of God in Christ Holy Convocation in St. Louis.
My column, "Keeping Faith," also won an award in 2017 for best reporting from the Evangelical Press Association, the USA's largest group of born-again news outlets. This follows two honors for best newspaper series and one for best copy editing from the National Association of Black Journalists (along with a couple for best magazine single-topic series for my work profiling African-American congregations).
Previously, the column took an honor for best use of the Bible in secular media from the longstanding and greatly respected Amy Foundation. The piece also has won awards for best standing column from the Evangelical Press Association, finishing alongside Christianity Today; religion reporting from the Religion News Association, the world's largest organization of journalists covering faith; and three straight yearly awards for general column writing given by the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists plus another for coverage of issues of concern to minorities.
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Christ began his ministry in his hometown synagogue, stopping mid-verse as he proclaimed "the acceptable year of the Lord."
The International Society for Human Rights reports 80 percent of global religious discrimination is of Christians, three times their proportion of world population.
More than 100,000 Christians die annually from religious persecution, and the number is rising.
The next major act in history is the Rapture of the Church, followed by seven years of the Tribulation, "such as has not been since the beginning of the world" (Matthew 24:21).
The Rev. Kyle Huckins, Ph.D., column author; click on the photo to learn more about him.
The nightly news is beginning to sound like the Book of Revelation.
A single day recently saw reports on the desecration of churches in Chechnya, imprisoning believers for witnessing in Iran, India, and China, harassment of pastors in Israel, forced demolition of a house of worship in Pakistan, a court trying the faithful for supposedly trying to overthrow the government of Vietnam, and the beginning of alienation and discrimination against Christians in the USA.
As for God’s Chosen People, the Jews, they aren’t doing too well, either. Judaism is by far the most likely religion to be victimized by hate crimes in the United States and Great Britain, according to the latest statistics from the FBI and the UK’s equivalent of it.
Eighty percent of religious discrimination globally is aimed at Christians, says the International Society for Human Rights, but “mainstream” media try to convince audiences the faithful are crying wolf.
Hopefully you know how Revelation concludes: Antichrist is defeated by Jesus’ second coming, then after 1,000 years of Christ-led peace, a final rebellion ends with the battle of Armageddon. Heaven and earth pass away and Messiah’s followers live with him in the New Jerusalem forever.
Nice ending, right? Only if you know personally the Reason for the Season, the savior whose birth in a manger we celebrate Christmas Day. No one else gets into his world to come.
God always does what he says he will. Jesus, whose name means “Yahweh is salvation,” was prophesied 700 years before arrival in Isaiah 7:14 as the child born of a virgin, one of many clues he was no ordinary little Jewish boy.
The globe in that day was riven with strife. Christ’s parents, Joseph and Mary, were under the subjugation of the Roman Empire and traveling under a census decreed by Caesar Augustus in a prelude to a tax increase. This was yet another humiliation for the Jews, who had their temple in Jerusalem desecrated by an altar to Zeus upon which pigs were sacrificed, per orders of an earlier Gentile king of that portion of the Holy Land.
God allowed the Hebrews to suffer mainly due to their failing to obey his edicts written in the Bible and spoken through the prophets he sent them. Yet the Almighty once again stretched out his hand to his chosen people in the birth of the Messiah, meaning “Anointed One."
“Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ,” John 1:17 says. The Lord became flesh to bestow the blessings of forgiveness on all but benefiting only those realizing they needed same. That is the truth that Christ delivered: We can’t, he can.
The Jews, however, did not think they had to accept what he offered. They felt owed salvation by attempting to keep the rabbis’ 600-odd laws based on the Ten Commandments and rest of the Old Testament (or “The Law and the Prophets,” as the Hebrews called it). They thought those books were all they would ever need.
They forgot this prophecy from the Almighty: “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts” (Jeremiah 31:33). That foretold the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost.
The law was meant to lead people back to their need for God, not a way to satisfy him. "Sacrifice and offering you did not desire; my ears you have opened," David wrote in Psalm 40:6.
The cute baby from Bethlehem grew into an unremarkable-looking, 30-year-old teacher in Nazareth. The young rabbi began his three-year ministry by reading the Sabbath’s prescribed Scripture in his local synagogue.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor,” Jesus quoted Isaiah 61:1-2. “He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, set at liberty those who are oppressed and herald the acceptable year of the Lord.”
He then rolled up the scroll, gave it to an attendant and sat down. All eyes stayed on Christ, likely because he had stopped reading in the middle of a sentence. Answering the stares, the Lord said, “Today, this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:21).
The rest of the passage that Jesus shortened? “To proclaim … the day of vengeance of our God,” still pending – for now.
We are nearing the Rapture of believers and revealing of Antichrist, who will make a treaty with the Jews but turn on them in that "day of vengeance" when he demands worship as Lord in their rebuilt temple in Jerusalem. The Hebrews will be saved amid the ensuing persecution just in time for their Messiah to touch down on the Mount of Olives to inaugurate his Millennial Kingdom.
Talk of repentance and the need to go to Jesus for salvation is not popular at this time of year. We usually just want some punch and an inoffensive carol.
But the first advent of Christ only began the birth pangs of the world to come. The pains now are coming very close together, contractions roiling the globe.
We must give our lives to Jesus now, humbling ourselves to receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken. If we do not, our pride will lead us to an eternity of unending torment, according to no less an authority than that babe-come-Lord (Mark 9:43-48).
Merry Christmas to you, but don’t forget Christ came so we could be delivered from our sins. His gift is a limited-time offer, with the end arriving unannounced.
About the author: The Rev. Kyle Huckins, Ph.D., has an earned doctorate and taught both journalism and religious studies in universities, winning three honors for scholarly research on the intersection of faith and media.
He's won 25 awards for professional media writing and production in a career stretching back to the 1980s and covering every mass medium. For 20 years, he's worked in public relations and marketing with outstanding results in placing articles, generating click-throughs, growing social-platform accounts, and more.
Ordained in 2003, he's clergy in the predominantly black Church of God in Christ and has served congregations and denominations in numerous positions of pastoral, administrative and educational leadership. He has a master's degree in theological studies from Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary. See below on this page andclick here for more on Huckins.