Politicians and presidential candidates want to close the doors on thousands of oppressed/impoverished refugees, ISIS (et al) terrorizes the world while local Christian pastors contribute to an Islamophobic backlash in our community, and at least one presidential candidate has jumped on the “boycott Starbucks” train (“until they put Christ back into Christmas”) — all perhaps ignoring the irony that the “Christ in Christmas” is all about feeding the hungry; aiding the poor, oppressed, and socially rejected; visiting the imprisoned; and welcoming “the stranger.”
But it seems that from the perspective of fundamentalist Christianity, fundamentalist Islam, or all fundamentalisms, there is always only one legitimate worldview — their own.
William Butler Yeats’ poetic thoughts in 1920 seem just as apropos today:
(from “The Second Coming”)
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Sunday, in eleven:eleven celebration, the First Sunday of Advent, we’re looking for a nativity scene — a Nativity Seen. In the process, some things are gonna change. I hope you will join us!
The First Sunday of Advent
A Nativity Seen
“This Has to Change”
with Special Guest Artists, Christa Russell & Todd Franks,
members of the One O’Clock Lab Band from the University of North Texas College of Music,
and the Improv Comedy of Winn LaRue and Friends