That says it well: Jesus Christ is the fulcrum of all of life and all of history. First, this nomenclature distinguishes our western tradition from biblical authority. The terminology, as we have noted, was not invented for hundreds of years, and it took nearly a millennium after that before its usage became popular.All chronology is split by whether it is before Christ or after Christ. As important as the concept of BC and AD are to believers, the terminology is not on the same level.The older terminology for dividing time was AD and BC, the one meaning anno domini (in the year of our Lord) and the other meaning “before Christ.” All time in the western world has been looked at through this lens. In the last few years, some Christian scholars (and several non-Christian writers) have begun to use CE and BCE, which refer to the “Common Era” and “Before the Common Era” respectively.
If using CE and BCE will open the doors for even one unbeliever in the real discussion, while using AD and BC would so prejudice him from the start that he cannot see the arguments, then I will use CE and BCE.
After all, if anything in our message should be a stumbling block it should be Jesus Christ himself, not the symbols of our implicit belief in him.
To them, the Confederate flag symbolizes a fierce independence, a highly defined cultural ethos, a regional pride.
But to others who are not from the south, it symbolizes racism, slavery, prejudice, hate.
And reckoning time from the reign of a sovereign lacked universality.
Even if the ruler was an emperor, the calendar would typically start over with the next ruler.There is no need to put more stumbling blocks in their path.Rather, I want folks to wrestle with the real arguments and the real substance of what I’m talking about.The sad thing is that there are many good Christian southerners who have no racial prejudice—and yet they fly the flag.The question I have for them is this: If you are trying to reach your black neighbors for Christ, don’t you think putting up the flag is an unnecessary roadblock?Jesus Christ is surely infinitely more significant than either Adam or any emperor—or all the emperors who have ever lived.