#fleshYGod: The Complete Synchroblog by @Political_Jesus & @the_Jesus_Event

A very very very late posting about The Incarnation and Christian Culture

Our question was from the original call for Synchroblog contributions:

“Being that it is Advent according to the Christian calendar, believers receive an opportunity to ponder anew the meaning of the Incarnation of God’s Word. What does it mean for an Almighty, All-Wise God to choose the body of an infant to reveal God-self? What are the implications of the Incarnation for Christians engaging culture? We (Tyler and Rod) offer that there may even be problems with the way our views of the Incarnation are presented.”


Here are the contributions; if we left out any, simply leave a comment or tweet at us so that we can make the corrections.

“I Miss the Jesus Part of Christmas” by perfectnumber628:

“Maybe that’s what Advent is supposed to feel like- longing for Jesus to come. Wanting God to meet us. Wanting more than just the external decorations and the “merry Christmas” well wishes.”

Which Jesus Do We Worship?: Megyn Kelly, Sarah Palin, and Santa by Tyler Tully:

“But what should our mythos look like, if we actually worshiped the historical Jesus, not the Jesus of American Suburbia? Is it significant to our theology that Jesus was impoverished? Or that he was born a Galilean–meaning his Jewish identity also descended from Canaanite, Moabite,”

We’ll Take The Scenic Routes: The Lost Dogs, and a #fleshYGod in #PlanetCCM by Jason Dye:

“How sadly right they were, before Columbine. But it didn’t stop there. Where most of white Christian culture tends to look for responsibility solely in the individual (“It’s the crazy people with the guns that kill people and they could kill with spoons!” they say. Because they don’t think about how damaging and destructive their words are.), the Lost Dogs see the responsibility lies in all of us to end the Bullet Train. At that time, to see a Christian encourage activism, I don’t think it made much sense to me, but it was a part of my destiny and helped to shape the road I’d lead – as did other songs, like Adam Again’s “Walk Between the Raindrops” about systemic oppression and homelessness in a land of means”

God With Us by Gabe Pfefer:

“Well I don’t know where all these ideas of the perfect family and the ideal Christmas come from, but it sure doesn’t seem to be from the Bible. The scriptures emphasize the importance of loving connections and family relationships for sure, but what those families look like and who is in and who is out is often pretty different in the Bible than what we might think. We might be surprised to discover where God shows up in all these things as well.”


Prophets of a Misanthropic God
by Jason Dye:

“A God who became a subject of the Roman Empire, who was poor, an ethnic minority who could have sided with the oppressors like the religious and civic leaders in Jerusalem but instead decided to rid the temple of its exclusivist wares and widened the call to serve and love the oppressed and persecuted and hated.”

Related Posts:

Christmas Is Cross-Cultural by Christena Cleveland:

“Our Christmas celebrations often turn us culturally-inward. We focus on our biological/cultural families, our traditions, and exchanging gifts with those inside our social circles. These things are great! But if we truly want to commemorate the Incarnation, we must turn culturally-outward. We must follow our great High Mentor – and leave our cultural enclaves in order to inhabit each other’s stories this Christmas. Christmas is cross-cultural because the Incarnation is cross-cultural.”

Cruciform Incarnation: In which all bodies must matter and What Incarnation Means to me: A follow up post both by Dianna Anderson:

“The thing about incarnational theology is not that our bodies are determined by our evolution, but that our bodies matter insofar as they are a major part of our lived experiences. An incarnational theology that generalizes about the differences in our bodies and functions on a binary view of gender will necessarily be flawed and inapplicable to all – which creates a Gospel that is not Truth for everyone.”

and

“An incarnational theology – a Gospel – that does not take into account the lowest of the low, the people despised and oppressed by society is no Truth at all. I’m repeating myself here, but this is a Truth I believe so firmly that I’m willing to risk being a broken record over it.”

The Incarnation: Just Present Or Actively Present Part 1 and The Incarnation: Incarnation, Perichoresis, and Racism, Part 2 both by Brian Foulks

“The very essence of the incarnation celebrates the “personal” encounter with God. The need for a personal God is what makes Christianity such a fierce necessity for many in the black community.”

and

“One who embodies the methodology of incarnation intuitively or mystically unearths evil aspects of racism (really prejudice) through vulnerability.”

Other posts from The Jesus Event:

ReThinking Our Picture Of God

ReThinking Humanity

Searching For God With Herod and The Magi

From here at Political Jesus:

Duck Dynasty, Grace, and White Supremacist Gods

What Pastor Mark Driscoll and Tyndale House can learn from Shia LaBeouf

Peace On Earth, Goodwill Towards All

From Second Person in the Trinity to Second Class Citizen

2 thoughts on “#fleshYGod: The Complete Synchroblog by @Political_Jesus & @the_Jesus_Event

  1. Garrett

    Hey! I really enjoy your stuff that you write on here as I discovered it just last week. I must say I adore James Cone and Liberation Theology in general. However I remember at one point when someone questioned my liberation theology beliefs and challenged me to give a systematic statement about how we can definitively say Jesus explicitly sides with the sub-altern. Up until now, I am ashamed to admit, I just took it as a given that he did and wasnt able to immediately respond. Can you point me to a post that you have on the subject or perhaps give me a quick run down as to your answer on that? Keep up the good work!

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    1. Al Battles II Post author

      Good evening Garrett! Thank you for enjoying our posts! Any theological claims made by theologians must be backed by the witness of the Gospels. I know, (and you know) when it comes to Liberation Theology that people add extra tests to question it being a “systematic” theology. I think every Liberation Theologian will tell you that Luke 4:19 is Jesus’ systematic statement for his mission in freeing the marginalized. Luke 4:19 cannot be spiritualized, and it refers back to the prophet Isaiah. I would say that’s just one possible starting point. I would recommend as a starting point my series on the anaBlacktivist manifesto: http://resistdaily.com/anabaptist-theology-black-power-an-anablacktivist-manifesto-anablacktivism/

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