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Rev. Dr. Emily Townes says, “When you start with an understanding that God loves everyone, justice isn’t very far behind.” (Journey to Liberation: The Legacy of Womanist Theology)
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December’s Recommended Reading from RHM
Current biblical scholarship tends to treat the nativity narratives as having little historical basis and to see in them, illustrations of the particular theologies of Matthew and Luke.
Nonbiblical scholarship sees in these narratives only an adaptation of traditional folklore themes relating to the birth of the hero. This leaves the ordinary Christian in a vacuum that the mass media and other commercial interests are only too anxious to fill. ‘Liberating Christmas’ shows that, regardless of whether the nativity narratives are rooted in actual historical situations, they do portray a particular network of social-political relationships. Thus Caesar ruled and taxed peoples, such as the Jews, through client-kings, such as Herod, who ruled with sharply repressive violence. But the narratives also celebrate the birth of a messiah who will finally liberate his people even though he and his family are driven into exile.
The Christmas stories as reappraised by this book have, therefore, important political implications, implications not only about first-century Palestine but about contemporary history as well. These latter implications are brought out by an extensive analysis of the political-economic domination exercised in much of Latin America by the United States, domination maintained by “client dictators who use death squads (paralleling Herod’s slaughter of innocents) to terrorize and control the exploited peasants while driving members of basic Christian communities into exile. ‘Liberating Christmas’ has as much to say about the ‘Pax Americana’ as the original nativity narratives had to say about the ‘Pax Romana’ The story of Jesus is as important to ordinary readers today as it was when it was first told centuries ago.
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Including the Magi in his story about had both international political and religious implications. And Matthew’s audience would have recognized their presence in the story as signaling. Read more
Originally, Jewish liberation movements used phrases like this. But we must leave these phrases in their own social context if we are to avoid Christianizing them into the harmful antisemitic beliefs. Read more
These stories are political. They are rooted in the hunger of an oppressed people for social justice. They are about concrete liberation from injustice, both systemic and private, in the here and now. Read more
Luke’s birth narratives are centered in the social location of the common people rather than that of the elite of the day. Read more
Luke’s songs of social, political, and economic deliverance for the poor, marginalized, peasants announce that a new social order of justice and abundance as well as surviving and thriving is possible. Read more
Lifting up the poor and pulling down the elite is a direct call to reducing societal, political, and economic inequities. Read more
Find more articles at https://www.patheos.com/blogs/socialjesus/
Weekly Zoom HeartGroup on Wednesday Nights
Each Wednesday evening, Glendale City Church will be hosting a Zoom-HeartGroup led by Herb Montgomery. Our discussion each week will focus on the content in Renewed Heart Ministries’ weekly eSight articles and the Jesus For Everyone podcast published each Friday. The time of each Zoom session will be on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Pacific/10:00 p.m. Eastern.
For more information and for the link to participate each week, contact RHM here.
A Special Message to Our HeartGroups
We are continuing to ask all HeartGroups not to meet together physically at this time. Please stay virtually connected and to practice physical distancing. You can still be there for each other to help ease anxiety and fears. When you do go out, please maintain a six-foot distance with others, continue to wear a mask, and wash your hands often to keep the spread of the virus at bay.
This is also a time where we can practice the resource-sharing and mutual aid found in the gospels. Make sure the others in your group have what they need. We are more interconnected than we realize, as this has proven. And we need each other during this time.
How many ways can you take care of others while we are physically apart?
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