In-Sight: Bypassing Bethlehem

I spoke with a person who recently made a trip to the Holy Land.  When I asked the person about the trip, he replied, “It was good except for one thing.  We had to bypass Bethlehem.”

It seems that the Palestinians had blocked entry into the ancient city, so the only option the group had was to skip that part of their tour.

The world seems to increasingly bypass Bethlehem.  We re-route our life’s busses away from the manger to the mall.  We replace “Holy, Holy, Holy” with “Ho, Ho, Ho.”  In doing so, we skip the reason we were created by God in the first place—to know and follow Christ.

Bethlehem is not a location only; it is a vocation.  It is not only a place; it is disposition of the heart.  It is an acknowledgement that Jesus Christ is born, and as a result, everything is different in relation to him.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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3 Responses to In-Sight: Bypassing Bethlehem

  1. Flodine says:

    Another question is what blocks us from Bethlehem? Do we think or feel we are on our way only to be detoured. What is it we can do to make our way back. We can still have Bethlehem is we “recalculate”.

  2. Flodine says:

    Another question is what blocks us from Bethlehem? Do we think or feel we are on our way only to be detoured. What is it we can not make our way back? We can still have Bethlehem if we “recalculate.”

  3. Kenna Sapp says:

    I can always count on you for provocative insight!

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