Christmas: don’t be more spiritual than God

‘The Word became flesh,’ wrote John, ‘and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.’ (John 1:14).

The Nativity3.010That is what incarnation means.  It is untheological.  It is unsophisticated.  It is undignified.  But according to Christianity it is the way things are.

All religions and philosophies which deny the reality or the significance of the material, the fleshly, the earth-bound, are themselves denied.  Moses at the burning bush was told to take off his shoes because the ground on which he stood was holy ground (Exodus 3:5), and incarnation means that all ground is holy ground because God not only made it but walked on it, ate and slept and worked and died on it.  If we are saved anywhere, we are saved here.  And what is saved is not some diaphanous distillation of our bodies and our earth but our bodies and our earth themselves …

One of the blunders religious people are particularly fond of making is the attempt to be more spiritual than God.    Frederick Buechner

 

Merry Christmas to all – enjoy the wonder of the “with-us” God.

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