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#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

From 2nd Person In The Trinity To 2nd Class Citizen: Christmas #fleshYGod

Toy Adams has had a month long event on Imagining Jesus and he invited me to contribute. After much deliberation, this is a sample of my reflection:

We sing “God Bless America:while we point our fingers to countries, across the ocean, over there in the 2/3rd’s world and talk about their “unfreedom.”

The Gospels and the Pauline Epistles present a disturbing picture that Christendom has yet to grapple with. Jesus was a man who from his miraculous conception to his birth, in his life, and death, a man in chains.

For the rest of the post, visit: Imagining Jesus: salvation looks like a fugitive slave child

The fleshYGod Synchroblog: The Incarnation And Christian Culture #fleshYGod

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. Our theologies of Incarnation are interconnected to our theologies of cultures.  As such, The Jesus Event and Political Jesus blogs are co-hosting the #fleshYGod Synchroblog from now until Epiphany, on Monday, January 6th, 2014. 

 

1. You can write your own blog post, telling us your own views on the Incarnation and what it means for engaging culture/s. The post can be written, it can be an assortment of GIF’s, pictures, a video, a video blog (vlog), a short quote. Don’t be afraid. Take a side, Pick a side, any side.*

2. Please link back to this original post so your readers and other readers can find your post to be collected in two weeks. Synchroblog collection ends January 6, 2014 at 11:59PM Central Standard Time, USA.

3. Share your views on Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag: #fleshYGod. I will try to collect as many facebook statuses and tweets using the #fleshYGod. hashtag and Storify it in the final #fleshYGod.Synchroblog post.

4. Interact, engage people who you agree and disagree with. Show love and encourage one another peaceably, and above all, don’t be a troll!

*Side note if you don’t have a blog or social network or don’t want to share, but would like to participate, please use the PJ contact page to make a submission: