One of our guest pastors pointed out that the manger scene was not as we have imagined it for a century or two. He said that the inn was probably the lower part of a house where the animals were kept and the actual manger was likely made of stone.
This upset one parishioner so badly that she is looking for a different church to attend. Consider those facts in light of the following.
One of the current TV channels runs this cute ad which goes something like this.
An apple sits on the table.
Voice over – “This is an apple.”
A toy set of chattering teeth runs past the apple leaving it alone on the table.
Voice over –“This (teeth) is a distraction, but it does not change the fact that ‘this’ is an apple.
Stone or straw, inn or stable…these things do not change the fact that Christ came to us as a baby, grew, lived and died for us, rose from the dead for us and saves us from our sins and gives us eternal life.
Spend your time chasing chattering teeth if you must, but don’t lose the truth of the matter. The truth is truth and all the self-interpretation in the world won’t change that.
And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. (Luke 2:7, NIV)
Prayer-Father help us see the big picture of the truth and not get sidetracked by the chattering teeth of distraction. Amen.