A line of narrative in a Christmas cantata described the time in which Christ was born as “simpler”.
One could legitimately say that era in question was certainly less technologically advanced.
However, a case could be made that life then was actually much more complex and complicated to navigate.
Most today might want to get away from the ubiquitousness of their gadgets for a time.
However, would anyone from today really want to remain in such a setting?
It’s doubtful most of us would survive for very long, but that is nothing to be ashamed of as we were not meant to be in that time.
The infrastructure of Bethlehem, and probably even the most advanced cities of that day such as Rome or Athens, was so lacking at the time that Mary had to give birth in a barn.
Statistically, just think how many other women had children that night traveling to fulfill the requirements of the census with less of a guarantee that the child was going to survive until adulthood.
Most of the discerning distrust the government now.
But despite the shortcomings of these agencies, have any of us faced the military or law enforcement deliberately killing all of the babies of a particular town just for spite?
IRS requirements to file taxes are burdensome and frustrating enough; however, at least we are not required to return to our respective hometowns in order to do so.
The celebrations of Christmas beautifully announce to the world that the Savior entered into it so that we might be redeemed from the consequences of our sin.
However, we also need a reminder that the world into which the Messiah willingly entered ultimately to die at the time was neither all that joyful or beautiful.
By Frederick Meekins