This image has haunted me ever I saw it, at “The Outskirts”
The first impact is amusing, then horrifying. It’s obvious that Christmas trees have little to do with Christmas: to limit their sale to Christians is so ridiculous as to be funny.
But symbolically, there is a serious and scary side to this too. Many so-called Christians have denuded and water-down the real Christmas story of the Incarnation, one which is an essential prelude to the much greater story of the passion and resurrection , to a sentimental children’s story, with pretty décor, sentimental Carols gifts for kids and overindulgence for adults, elevating to the “major” feast of the Christian year.
In an exactly comparable way, far too many have sidelined the fundamental Good News of the Gospel message, a message of love, inclusion, of justice and redemption, and instead elevated their own preferred vision: a vision of exclusion, of righteousness, of elaborate rules, of ornate buildings and elaborate vestments, pomp and ceremony.
Let us this image as a lesson: instead of focussing on the peripherals, let us concentrate instead on the real message of the Incarnation – at Christmas, and throughout the year.
- This Christmas, Let Us Put Christ Back Into Christianity (queertheology.blogspot.com)