The incarnation doesn’t receive enough attention from most Western Christians. It needs to work its way more prominently into our concept of salvation. Maybe if we got a better handle on the significance of the incarnation, Christmas wouldn’t be a fat commercial blob of a season that gorges itself on consumerism and showing off what you can buy. Maybe it would be the starting point for a new kind of Christian? Sounds like a best-selling title to me . . .
Scott over at theopraxis has some amazing thoughts on the incarnation and its relevance to suffering. I absolutely hate the question of God’s sovereignty in the midst of suffering. Somehow the Jewish people made it through centuries of warfare, oppression, exile, and restoration, and they seem pretty attached to God. Why do we get so hung up on the problem of sovereignty when it comes to suffering? Scott has some insight into this:
“Even Christians, who hold the incarnation and the person of Jesus Christ to be the penultimate revelation of God’s self to humanity, often fail to start with that self-revelation in considering the question of loss. Often we instead begin with the question of sovereignty, and extrapolate our thoughts of incarnation as the derivative consideration. This, on some level, is actually profoundly un-Christian…So what does this mean for the Christian? It is my opinion that what is challenged most forcefully by this recognition is western Christianity’s conception of power. We are a culture that has the power to remove much of our suffering.”