It seems that everyone is raising awareness of this or that cause these days.
Wikipedia defines the term “raising awareness” this way:
Consciousness raising (also called awareness raising) is a form of activism, popularized by United States feminists in the late 1960s. It often takes the form of a group of people attempting to focus the attention of a wider group of people on some cause or condition.
Of course, consciousness raising has gone way beyond feminism. Outspoken atheist Richard Dawkins even says he wants to raise consciousness about atheism. One area where raising consciousness has really taken root is with regard to diseases. People wear pink ribbons to raise awareness of breast cancer. Various colored-ribbons have been adopted to raise awareness of various other diseases. Nor have consciousness-raising techniques been limited to ribbon wearing. In 2014, it became all the rage for people to make a video of pouring a bucket of ice water on their heads to raise awareness of the disease ALS. (I had to look it up to find out the cause, so maybe it raised more awareness for buckets of ice water than it did for ALS.)
So, it seems we’re constantly having our consciousness raised for one thing or another. Why then do people get so disturbed when someone tries to raise awareness of Jesus Christ? It’s eerie how easily perturbed they are by any respectful mention of His name in a public setting.
What makes any reference to Jesus even more upsetting to people is when we talk about His having died for our sins. It’s that “sin” aspect that really seems to distress them, for if Jesus is portrayed to them (as He is by some) as a wimpy do-gooder with no qualms about hedonism, they seem less bothered. Yet if sin is a disease that kills people (and that is surely what Jesus believed), then why is raising awareness of it disallowed when raising awareness of other diseases (such as breast cancer and ALS) is so freely allowed and even welcomed?
Speaking about Mary, the angel told Joseph:
She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.
– Matthew 1:21
Please think about this: Why do so many people resist having their consciousness raised about Jesus Christ? Didn’t your life become better once you stopped resisting the awareness of this Jesus about whom the angel spoke?