A Liberal Christmas Thought from Mary (Via Slacktivist)

Fred Clark at Slacktivist – a liberal evangelical Christian blogger with some appropriate, if under-shared Christmas song from Mary.

Lifting up the lowly and bringing down the powerful from their thrones

Who is Jesus? What did he do? What did he teach? Why was he arrested and tortured and killed? And how is it possible that wasn’t the end of his story? Those are the questions, long after that first Christmas in Bethlehem, that the Gospel writer was trying to answer. And right off the bat, in the very first chapter of Luke, we are given a summary of “all that Jesus began to do and to teach.” 

Luke 1:46-55

Mary’s Song of Praise

 And Mary said,
‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
   and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’

We hear endless talk, this time of year, about “the true meaning of Christmas.” But for all the laudable, wonderful things that are usually included in those discussions, we rarely ever hear that the true meaning of Christmas involves scattering the proud, bringing down the powerful from their thrones and sending the rich away empty.

That suggests that somehow we’ve got it into our heads that we understand the true meaning of Christmas better than Mary did. That seems unlikely.

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6 thoughts on “A Liberal Christmas Thought from Mary (Via Slacktivist)

  1. Mary Ella Anderson says:

    In a similar vein, there is a discussion worth hearing on The Real News Network, one of my favorite websites and a good antidote to the corporate news. Dont’ google it, Just Duck Duck Go Real News Network.

  2. Jayne D says:

    Christianity is a primitive religion that spun the same stories that were around and told by earlier religions. Immaculate conception is one example. There is no dude flying around in the sky. So, might as well worship the sun, because at least you can see it.

  3. Depends says:

    The true meaning of Christmas is not according to liberal Jon. It is not what you selectively want to hear. Christianity is not conservative or liberal. Why is that some atheists, liberals and scrooges feel the need to constantly whine ? Do something for the less fortunate instead of asking others. All I hear is blame, blame, blame.

    From you Jon, from Eric Kirk to name a few. Kirk makes a pretty good living.

    1. It interests me that Scrooge was written by the guy whose name describes the type of times liberals know religions alone cannot help us to avoid.

      I believe, Dickens, like Mary got it.

      “The true meaning of Christmas is not according to liberal Jon.”

      I totally agree which is why all but the intro was written by an Evangelical who does. Check out his blog – it’s pretty awesome and is a conduit to a religion which has been co-opted by the Right, sadly. (Moral Majority, Ralph Reed, Bill Donahue, Glenn Beck and tens of lesser known leaders who get skewered with their own words each day on Right Wing Watch) I do agree with the assertion that mixing politics and religion diminishes both if that is what you are saying.

  4. Mary Ella Anderson says:

    Sounds like we touched a nerve with you, Depends. Your piece sounds a lot like a whine and makes assumptions about us when you don’t know anything about us.

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