Marginalizing people is a very common human experience and practice. I read recently that Major League Baseball umpires might soon be marginalized!! Apparently they have developed the technology to more accurately record balls and strikes in a game by using computers, cameras and digital technology instead of humans. The technology is 100% accurate, in sharp contrast to an umpire standing behind a baseball plate trying to gage pitches coming at speeds over 100 mph! It’s believed that MLB plate umpires will be removed, marginalized and relegated to a lesser role within 5-10 years. Sadly for the umpires, few will bemoan their marginalization.
The Story of Christmas is about Joseph & Mary and their infant child Jesus being marginalized. They were pushed to the fringes of Jewish cultured politically, economically, socially and spiritually. But somehow they survived and thrived. Jesus’ public ministry as a Rabbi was one of being marginalized in every way possible. Yet somehow he survived and thrived and proclaimed a message of hope to all marginalized people. Jesus said, I have come to seek and to save the lost...to proclaim good news to the poor…the captives…the blind…and the oppressed (Luke 19:10; 4:18-19).
My Christmas sermon series for 2016 will focus on one of the most important messages of Advent: Jesus came to empower the marginalized, and God is calling His Church, and all of us at Cornerstone UMC, to be involved in the work of empowering the marginalized in our community and world.
Join us this Advent Season for the wonderful celebrations of Christmas at Cornerstone United Methodist Church! We will sing and worship together! We will enjoy wonderful food and fellowship together, and we will look upon the Newborn Infant and once again contemplate the miracle of incarnation.