Happy Christmas!

Christmas, a time for giving and a time for receiving, a time of joyful celebration and sharing.

So no room for politics!

But … Christmas is a political statement!

Mary’s song (the Magnificat) speaks of the birth of a new king who will scatter the proud, bring down rulers, lift up the humble and redistribute wealth.

A new king, one who becomes a refugee in the first few months of his life.

What could be more political?

“Simon” puts it very well in his “a sideways glance” blog – he says that Christmas is the:

“most political festival in the Christian calendar (apart from all the others!), it is the perfect moment for Christians to be talking about the things that matter to God – justice, equality, being practical good news to the poor, and challenging elites and the wealthy to use the resources under their command to work for God’s agenda in the world.”

So, I would like to wish you all a very happy and political Christmas – may the message of the kingdom that Jesus came to bring into the world be our inspiration for the New Year, and may His Spirit and our fellowship together be a resource to sustain us as we work to “make all things new”.

Paul

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