On the Way (Matt. 2:1-12)
The question for those of us committed to following in the steps of the magi, and ultimately in the steps of Jesus is: When we spot the old world trying to stamp out the new, the powerful trying to subdue the powerless, will we take the easy way and acquiesce to the whims of a tyrant, or will we resist?
Bethlehem—and the gospel toward which it points—is the focal point of the politics of empire. Don't kid yourself.