Inclusion at Christmas

20160707_190430Scripture Reference: Matthew 1:1-17

Good evening.  I hope your enjoying this Holiday Season.  Now that we’re in Christmastide, tonight I want to look at Jesus’s lineage.  Among the men of renown, we see five women who were his ancestresses (including his Mama).  And if you’ve read your Bible, you see the first four were quite some interesting women.  Let’s read on…

First is Tamar (ref Gen. 38).  Homegirl was Judah’s daughter-in-law, who tricked him into sleeping with her (disguised as a prostitute) and getting her pregnant…

Second, we have Rahab the prostitute who was an ex-resident of Jericho .(ref Joshua 2 and 6)  She was the one who hid the Israelite spies in her house while they spied out Jericho.  For her helping the Israelites…

The third hails from Moab: Ruth (ref. her own book).  For a quick recap, Moab was the son of Lot and one of his daughters (who got Lot drunk) according to Genesis 19:37-talk about sexual issues!  Ruth hooks up with Boaz and later literally rolls in the hay with him…

Fourth is Bathsheba-a Jew (2 Samuel 11), which Matthew referred to as “Uriah’s wife.”  Next to Mary, Bathsheba’s tale is well known.  A party to adultery with King David; and an unwitting party to her husband’s murder…

And last-but not least-we have Mary.  The first four women point to Mary. Why? Mary is party to the scandal of Jesus’s birth: either her getting pregnant by the Holy Ghost; or quite possibly by Joseph-either way happening before marriage. To be honest, my money’s on the latter thanks to earlier manuscripts. And if the latter was the deal, I can accept this since a bastard messiah is more engaging and evocative to me.

Jesus clearly had some interesting ancestresses-each who wielded some sexual power to achieve an end.  Yet, they help to make up the Christ, a man who was pals with prostitutes and adulteresses.  Jesus would welcome the most marginalized-women in some sexual situation-in his world into his circle and show forth the Kingdom/Queendom of God.  Jesus was inclusive in his makeup and in who he interacted with-even when it violated the norms of his day.

Today, we too are called to be inclusive, regardless of: race; gender; class; religion; sexuality; etc.  Like Jesus, we too must step outside our “norms”.  We too must show forth the God Realm in our words and deeds.  We must reach to the most marginalized of our world and include them; for such is the Kingdom/Queendom of God.

Inclusion at Christmas, and always.

Peace!

(Image: Newark, NJ. July 7, 2016. By Me)

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About dangerouschristian

My name is Victor Reynolds. I'm a Christian who desires a more mystical approach to my spiritual life. I'm also a photographer as well who loves to create. I call myself "dangerous" because anyone-especially a Christian-who dares to be beyond the "norm" and allows to let the Christ live in them is dangerous.
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