Question: What expression of faith can you expect from “believers” who invest more time in Huffington Post articles than in the Synoptic Gospels? What kind of worship can you expect from ostensible “christians” who follow tradition and hold faith only when convenient, who serve mammon over God, who have no clue what Jesus taught?
Claremont United Methodist “church” and John Zachary answer this question, as they continue their Christmas tradition of raising an abomination of desolation.
“Amongst the traditional holy family, Martin sits hunched over in his iconic black hoodie, blood pouring from his chest and pooling at his feet, reports Patch.com. The title of the scene, “A Child is Born, a Son is Given,” is outlined within the blood and evokes themes of both Christmas and Easter, according to artist John Zachary, who has been creating thought-provoking displays since 2007.”
“Thought-provoking” = Christianity as backdrop for meaningless liberal feels.
Jesus taught that one cannot serve both the material world and the spiritual, that you will inevitably raise one over the other. Claremont and Zachary missed this teaching, obviously.
You cannot simultaneously show reverence for the birth of our Messiah, and feel bad because an aggressive African-American boy met his inglorious death at the end of a portly neighborhood watchman’s Kel-Tec.
You cannot into Christianity through White Guilt.
Christmas traditions of gifts, celebration and warmth reflect “privilege,” Zachary said, and “there’s a lot of people who don’t have that privilege. Maybe I should do something that’s provocative, that’s more in keeping with the teachings of Jesus.”
Jesus was never so crass as to parade a tacky paint-splattered dummy to get His message across. Jesus didn’t have to connect His teachings to current events and politics. “Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s.”
Jesus was always about more than the material, He desired more from His followers than bellyaching. Christians are supposed to know this.
If Claremont and Co. were actually Christian, they wouldn’t be so focused on the meaningless “privilege” of a material world. Christianity is focused upon the Heavenly privilege that Christ’s sacrifice allow us opportunity to attain.
While it is certainly a noble task to try and make the world a better place, it is a fool’s errand to try and mix this up with Christian teaching: “the flesh profits nothing,” “the poor you will have with you always,” “vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” Etc.
You confuse Heaven with Earth, and you wind up with a watered-down theology that reduces the life, crucifixion, and resurrection of our Savior to non-violent protest, social justice, or equality.
Claremont UMC and John Zachary would know this if they had any interest in the faith they claim to hold.
Zachary said his faith has been deepened by the act of creating the scenes.
“As I’ve done these, Christmas has become more meaningful to me,” Zachary said. “It’s become deeper — but not so literal.”
What kind of person can only feel connection with his faith by using whatever social issue is wasting time in between commercials on MSNBC?
This is not belief in Christ and His sacrifice, this is about making political straw and getting space on Huffpo. The only thing being worshiped on that stage is man. A Christian should be repulsed at the message being conveyed by Zachary’s work.
A Christian should also be very concerned that the Claremont congregation and countless others would allow such idolatry and materialism to poison their theology.