Recent years have given rise to the need to reinterpret nearly everything according to what is the current prevailing thought in America among the “woke” crowd at that moment. We’ve come to expect that everything must be either torn down or analyzed with base motives, or, in those rare moments when something can be used to political advantage, it will be viewed through a momentarily politically correct lens (which, by next week, will likely be vehemently condemned).
During the Christmas season, we must repeatedly be treated to the trashing of everything Christian since, according to the myopia of the Left, Christianity is exclusively the religion of white Western Oppressors (this would, of course, surprise the Christians throughout the entire rest of the world). So we get to learn that the Virgin Mary experienced a #METOO moment with Almighty God, whom, they claim, did not give her consent (except that she did).
Now we’re treated to the baby Jesus being put in a cage as a statement of solidarity with migrants. Because, of course, “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
At St. Susanna’s Parish in Dedham, Massachusetts, the pastor seems to be taking his own view on politics and attempting to find a way to read it into Scripture:
“We try to take a picture of the world as it is and put it together with a Christmas message,” said Pastor Stephen Josoma.
With the words, “Peace on Earth?” on the outside of the Creche, the baby Jesus is meant to represent migrant children separated from their parents, and the Wise Men are the caravan of people behind our imaginary border wall.
There’s only one problem with all of this. Or maybe 15. Mary and Joseph weren’t migrants—they were obeying the command of the government to travel to their hometown to pay an additional tax. Within their own country. Additionally, Jesus wasn’t separated from his parents (who were not trying to enter another country illegally). Lastly, the Wise Men checked in with the King to ask directions for where they were headed. Like Mary and Joseph, they were not attempting to enter and live in another country illegally.
The pastor of St. Susanna’s doesn’t seem to want to be confused with the facts, however: “Jesus was about taking care of one another,” said Josoma. “This is not the way to take care of one another.”
Actually, Jesus was about paying for the crimes humanity committed against him so he could show them mercy instead of giving them the justice they deserved. But maybe bringing up the impending wrath of God doesn’t get the pastor as much praise from people as beating up on America for having immigration laws.
“We talk about Matthew 25, feeding the hungry and welcoming the stranger,” said parishioner Pat Ferrone.
It’s true that the Bible has plenty to say about taking care of one another and feeding the hungry and welcoming the stranger. If Pastor Josoma and Mr. Ferrone would care to read it in context, God repeatedly—and exclusively—put the responsibility on individuals to take care of the poor, the orphan, and the widow—not governments. Furthermore, God recognized separate nations and never hinted at being critical of having laws to govern who could come in and live there. You don’t get a picture of God being in favor of chaos and anarchy, generally speaking, when you read the Bible.
Unsurprisingly, not everyone’s in favor of their church turning one of the most important events in history (God entering the world as a human) into a left-wing political cause.
Seemingly prepared for backlash, parishioner Phil Mandeville claimed, “Christ was political, he was hung on a cross for making political statements and bucking authority, and that’s exactly why he died.”
Er, except it’s not. It’s true that he bucked authority. He was in regular conflict with the religious authority who twisted what God had intended for their own purposes. However, Jesus didn’t come as a political rebel to merely make political changes. What a pathetically small vision for God.
No, the plan was for Jesus to die—to pay for your crimes and mine—and this plan was in place “before the foundation of the world.”
This Christmas season, don’t let your joy be stolen by those who would want to turn the awe of God coming down to rescue us into something as transient as politics. The truth of what Jesus came to do is right in front of our faces each time we listen to the old Christmas hymns. Wrap yourself in the truth and wonder of it:
“Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new glorious morn”