Our friend Theresa shared this photo, which she took during a Christmas parade near Dallas this weekend. Yes, that’s Jesus, Mary and Joseph in the dirty bucket of a front loader. It’s so…Texas. And as Theresa said to me, it’s rather funny that dear old Santa and his magical reindeer are majestically elevated atop the tractor, above the reason for the season.
Do you think this get-up gave anyone pause? (Besides, Theresa, that is.) The irony of baby Jesus and big-bellied Santa riding around town on a tractor for a Christmas parade. Seems to me it makes a mockery of the whole God business. It makes you wonder why some folks fight so hard to keep the likeness of Jesus in so many prosaic places, like schools and courthouses and tractors. This should be one more reason to add to the list of why religion should be kept in the church. But, of course, that’s just the opinion of someone who doesn’t even believe in this God stuff.
Besides the fact that creating cheap plastic reproductions of your favorite heavenly star is supposed to be a sin, what does it say about the respect you have for your savior if you tote him around and have your way with him? Not so sacred, I think. I can’t imagine doing these things with a life-sized replica of one of my dead relatives. That’s just weird.
Wasn’t it Abraham, the founder of monotheism, who became irate at his father’s business of idol-making? Didn’t Moses come along with an important message, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath…” Before these cheap reproductions were made in China of people who history has no pictures of (Megyn Kelly), all sorts of gods and goddesses were actually created in the Middle East.
I’m pretty certain my fellow Texans would not be happy to know that we’re worshipping a god who was neither created nor reproduced here in America.
Just wanted to share T’s funny photo with the rest of you. I bet you guys have plenty of your own stories to tell about nativity scenes.