Two thousand years ago a baby was born in filth in a manger surrounded by animals, shepherds, and a virgin mother, so that we can concentrate on celebrity babies, treat animals cruelly, mock those with lesser jobs than we, and have indiscriminate sex.
He lived as a Palestinian Jew so that we can think of him as fairly Scandinavian.
He fled to Africa so that we can ignore Africa today.
He grew up and became a teenaged son of a carpenter, familiar with the world around him, so that we can shelter our children, teach them bad theology, and make them deny their vital human-ness.
He was baptised by a strange man, a mystic, so that we can only listen to those accepted by the masses and deny mysterious spirituality.
He surrounded himself with twelve sinners so that we can cast the first stone.
He had no place to lay his head so that we can build larger and larger houses.
He walked around everywhere and became familiar with the land so that we can drive an hour each way to work in our SUVs.
He drove moneychangers out of His father’s house so that we can build church buildings that looks like warehouses and put bookstores in them.
He worked miracles so that we can deny them when they happen now.
He gave himself up to something bigger than His human-ness so that we can only focus on ourselves.
He healed the man’s ear when Peter cut it off so that we can be violent.
He was silent before Pilate so that we can talk about meaningless things and forget what silence is like.
He was beaten and tortured so that we can beat and torture others.
He died at the hands of an empire working together with the religious leaders so that we can work with our government to become an empire.
He allowed himself to be killed so that we can kill.
He traveled to Hell and conquered it so that we can use Hell to scare people.
He rose again, free of all bonds, so that we can deny what a new birth and freedom might feel like.
He lived his whole life in service to others and His father so we can live ours in service to ourselves.
Merry Christmas, right?