Sunday, November 30, 2008

Christmas Thoughts Volume 1

Warning: I'm reading several good books right now so don't be shocked when I insert new random quotes from them.

From the book, "The Jesus of Suburbia: Have we tamed the Son of God to fit our lifestyle?"

"Nowhere does the Christian community succumb to the gift shop Jesus more than during the Christmas season. Sure, we tell the manger narrative and defend our rights to say, "Merry Christmas," but on the whole, the story we tell is pretty toned down. It is so familiar that it has lost its power. We have heard it so much that the idea of God in a manger no longer inspires awe and humility. We don't talk much about Jusus being such a threat to King Herod that he slaughtered innocent children. We don't talk much about the scandal surroundiing Jesus's birth becuase Mary and Joseph weren't married. We don't talk much about the threat the birth of Jesus posed to the political order of things. These are not part of the eggnog, mistletoe, Frosty-the-Snowman Christmas story we have come to know.

Jesus's birth was revolution. It changed everything."

Praying you have a revolutionary Christmas!


Philip said...

I will always say Merry Christmas! Always keep Christ in Christmas! Nice picture of the fam on your blog!

Chris & Cary Plunkett said...

Thanks! Hopefully, we will get an updated picture this year!

Cynthia said...

Amen and Amen!!!

Are we really grasping to the full extent of what Christmas really means any more?
Food for thought as we sing our seasonal songs and have our parties.

Thanks for the reminder!