My 10-year old gets it. "It's just kinda weird to have a Muslim girl on a Christmas card."
We didn't get one of these cards first hand--we saw it in this morning's paper.
The portrait on Gov. Bredesen's Christmas card is very reminiscent of the National Geographic cover of June 1985 which has been been replicated over and over in various mediums.
However well intended Gov. Bredesen's Christmas greeting, he did miss the mark. In trying to please many, I dare say he pleased few. It's hard to tell who his target audience was with this mixed message. Jesus being THE Savior of THE world doesn't work very well in society's tortured attempts at inclusiveness.
I can agree with the Governor here:
The back of the card closes with, "May the miracle of Christmas help bring peace to this young woman and her wounded land."Let's be clear though--the miracle of Christmas was the birth of a Savior, God's only son born of a virgin, for a fallen world that He loves dearly and wants to restore to full relationship with Him. When that restoration happens, there will be peace on Earth and good will toward men.