A simple Christmas question

So there’s this guy who was born in an unstable situation and had to flee his childhood home as a baby. However, grew up with three loving parents in a nurturing home, was generally a good kid with an amazing capacity for compassion to all he encountered. He was pretty humble, generally wanting to point to things beyond himself. When he grew up, he became a bit of a rabble rouser, taking on the establishment and saying things like:

“Take Care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.”

“Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief or moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

“So, therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.”

…and, “You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me… just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.”

It’s this guys birthday. How do you celebrate?

Like this?

I can’t claim to know what Jesus wants for his birthday, but I’m pretty sure it’s not this.

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About Elizabeth Rawlings

Lutheran. Feminist. Child of God. Thinking about how to be a leader in a church that is trying to rediscover itself and what it means to live simply so that others may simply live in tandem with what exactly is the fast God asks of us. Chronic alliterator. Generally silly person. View all posts by Elizabeth Rawlings

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