“Last year, Americans spent $450 billion on Christmas. Clean water for the whole world, including every poor person on the planet, would cost about $20 billion. Let’s just call that what it is: A material blasphemy of the Christmas season.” Jim Wallis
Wallis has a way of cutting to the heart of the matter. Given that Jesus came with “good news to the poor,” how can we justify the way we live out this season? What message are we giving to a waiting world? Wallis writes,
“In Jesus Christ, God hits the streets.
“It is theologically and spiritually significant that the Incarnation came to our poorest streets. That Jesus was born poor, later announces his mission at Nazareth as “bringing good news to the poor,” and finally tells us that how we treat “the least of these” is his measure of how we treat him and how he will judge us as the Son of God, radically defines the social context and meaning of the Incarnation of God in Christ. And it clearly reveals the real meaning of Christmas.”
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