Sunday, 25 December 2011
I live by Portland OR. People like to "keep Portland weird," and this Christmas carries on the tradition as a church in the northeast part of Portland has put together an alien nativity (source).
As you walk into the church you are given 3D glasses that enhance the psychadelic multi-colored lighted hallway. At the end you reach the nativity scene which has four aliens replacing the expected three wise men, and a "shaman" Santa Claus is among the worshippers. The manger is illuminated, calling you towards it. As you you reach the manger and look inside you won't find a baby Jesus but a mirror reflecting your own image back to you. Why?
"You wind up seeing a reflection of yourself, and that's the symbolic message of nativity," Henderson said. "Recognizing divinity and potential in yourself. And at the same time perhaps recognizing the terrestrial nature of Christ."
It's definitely an interesting take on the nativity. Not everyone is a fan of the alien nativity. While some are saying that this is facilitating a profound religious experience others are saying it is irreverent and theologically irresponsible.
What do you think? Does this have more potential for steering people towards God or someone/something else? What's the good and what's the bad here? Would you consider going to this or perhaps putting on something like this?
Better yet, how are you encountering the incarnation in new and creative ways? What's teaching or reminding you of the unique beauty and theological truths of God becoming man this Christmas?