So, if we really want to keep Christmas focused on Christ, we need to re-tell the story of his birth in ways which engage positively with the public’s interest.
Which is why, all over the country and across all denominations, churches are being urged to participate in a new advertising campaign. Designed to run for at least five years, it features the line: “Christmas starts with Christ” and re-tells the nativity story in a modern, secular context
I’ve got to admit that I’m ambivalent about this sort of campaign, though clearly I wish it well (and I quite liked the football match commentary). The ‘bus stop’ image reminded me of the “chav nativity” that I blogged a while ago and I’m not convinced that it quite so arresting. Still, any excuse to again post an extract from a post by one of my old blogging pals entitled Christus Natus Est. I urge you to read the whole thing. Preachers: it’s an ideal resource for one of those Christmas-season services you have to do!
Nine months pregnant,
with a face that says that she’s more than ready to have this baby now!
The man beside her, the one with the huge hands,
the one who’s old enough to be her father,
the one who has hitchiked with her, walked beside her, protected her,
has no idea what to do.
Nowhere to go.
No ambulance on its way.
No one to offer support or warmth or love
No one but each other.
in a bus shelter.