We hear a lot of talk about the legend of Saint Nick this time of year—even some about the real 4th century bishop of Myra who inspired the stories. But I’ll bet you haven’t heard this piece of the story.
According to many historical sources, bishop Nicholas—who attended the Council of Nicaea, jumped up and struck the heretic Arius on the face while he was delivering a speech. Arius taught, among other things, that Jesus was not God, but a part of creation. This, Nicholas could not tolerate.
For the assualt, Nick was sent to jail, where tradition says Christ appeared to him and corrected his approach. He was soon reinstated as bishop and served many more years, without similar incident.
We could learn a thing or two from Saint Nicholas about defending the Faith with passion, but also about repentance and restoration. And, that but defending our faith with passion is never an excuse for failing to be winsome. I’m John Stonestreet. From all of us at the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Merry Christmas!