I have been inspired by both the Advent and Christmas seasons to be more committed to blogging with greater consistency and frequency. I am looking forward to celebrating Epiphany that will be coming up the first week of January.
Lately, I have been reading up on the Christian calendar. I became a Christian in a Christian tradition that either ignored or cared little about the Christian year. I am becoming more appreciative of the rhythms of following a time that is attempting to walking out the gospel narrative in the everyday.
During Advent and the beginning of the Christmas season the Incarnation of God in Christ has captured my imagination. Especially the kenosis or self-emptying of God to become the Word- or Logos-made-flesh. The Divine solidaritization of God (Note: I previously had ‘condenscenion’ but a friend of mine reminded me that God becoming incarnate was more about God coming into solidarity with humans) speaks profoundly to me as I reflect upon how racialized our imaginations are in our North American context. Paul says (in Philippians 2), regarding the kenosis or self-emptying of Christ, that:
5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7but made himself nothing,
taking the very natureof a servant,
being made in human likeness.
The incarnation of Christ is the kenosis of God. It is the shedding of privilege. And coming to a place of soldarity with His creatures. And Paul says that we are to have the same attitude or mind of Christ in this regard. What would this mean for Christians who have been enslaved by the ‘principality’ of white privilege and for Christians who have been enslaved by the ‘principality’ of self-hatred.
Enslavements that are a product of un-righteous or un-just social-political-ecclesial relations. Such enslavements have a long history in the American Church.
What would it mean for Christians during both Advent and the Christmas season to practice kenosis (a radical solidaritization) in our racialized world?