“This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly” (Matthew 1:18-19, NLT).

It’s the 21st century and everyone has to be politically correct or they may find themselves in trouble. No one can get away with saying things that not too long ago seemed normal and even though some were probably offended, few lawsuits were forthcoming. The circumstances surrounding Jesus’ birth were anything but politically correct. Mary was a teenager, a virgin and engaged to be married. Finding out she was pregnant was a shock and a scandal, so Joseph decided to end the engagement.

If God had been concerned with what people thought about the way Jesus was to come into the world, and in fact, about everything he said and did, Jesus might never have been born. But God didn’t have advisers and pundits, engineering, manipulating and orchestrating the birth. God planned and set up events according to his wisdom, in the best way for the people and the culture of the time. Jesus was born, lived and died in political incorrectness. To some, he’s still not PC, but he’s the wisdom, power and glory of God, and that’s better than anything a pundit could engineer.

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