Stranger Manger: recovering the oddities of the nativity story
[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_wp_text text=”The strangeness of the nativity is often overlooked:
The King of the Universe comes to live on the ramshackle third planet of a backwoods solar system in a technologically infantile time to conquered peasants. He’s born in hayseeds, chased off to Pyramid town by a puppet ruler with abandonment issues after being warned by wizards…all so he can grow up to make tables and chairs before dying on a telephone pole.
Strange. And yet, it is precisely this strangeness that makes the story so potent.
Our King humbled and emptied himself, lowering his estate to come unwelcomed into a time and place that had no honor left for heroes. He gently rebuked the misconceptions of power and privilege, caring for those our world has forgotten, and somehow caring for us as well. He reinvented our understanding of truth and love, gave us new language for peace and hope, and restored that which is most beautiful to the commonality of our spirit. When he was broken and bloodied, he returned with an even greater measure of forgiveness–simultaneously indicting our violence and redeeming our tears.
The story is a strange tale — it’s a love story where Prince Charming has no wealth to speak of but surprises his Princess with a Kingdom unlike any other.
Now, in the nativity story of Christ, the Great Strangeness is announced, in which all the ambiguities of power and position are swept aside and we are confronted with the clear possibility of Peace on Earth, Goodwill towards Men.”][/vc_column][/vc_row]