Recently a giant national chain of home improvement stores referred to its holiday trees as "family trees" instead of as "Christmas trees." In response to an outcry from mostly conservative Christians, it changed the label back to "Christmas trees." Personally, I'm bemused by both the change and the response from Christians.
Where would Jesus go to church? A few years ago the acronym WWJD began popping up on bracelets, bumper stickers and T-shirts. It stood for What Would Jesus Do? -- the subtitle of the nineteen-century novel In His Steps. Ironically, the purveyors of the WWJD paraphernalia were mostly ultra-conservative Christians. Charles Sheldon, author of In His Steps, was a leader of the social gospel movement generally associated with liberal Christianity. On the heels of the WWJD craze came books with titles like What Would Jesus Drive? So, I'll join the crowd and ask: Where would Jesus go to church?