WELLINGTON – A church billboard showing an apparently naked Virgin Mary and Joseph in bed together has sparked the ire of conservative Christians in New Zealand.
On the poster, a sad-looking Joseph lies next to Mary, whose face was turned heavenwards under the words: “Poor Joseph. God was a hard act to follow.”
The display was erected outside the progressive St Matthew-in-the-City church in Auckland on Thursday.
St Matthews’s vicar, Archdeacon Glynn Cardy, said the billboard was meant to challenge stereotypes about the way Jesus was conceived.
In the bible, the Virgin Mary became pregnant after an angel appeared to her and told her she would give birth to the son of God.
Cardy said the billboard was meant to challenge literal interpretations of the bible.
“It is intended to challenge stereotypes about the way that Jesus was conceived and get people talking about the Christmas story,” he said. [reference]
Yes live it to a progressive Christian church to turn the Annunciation and the power of the Most High that overshadowed Mary into a stereotype. Yes maybe mix up a little Arianism and Adoptionism or some other warmed-over heresies to break up the stereotype of the truth of a dogma.
“Progressive Christianity is distinctive in that not only does it articulate a clear view, it is also interested in engaging with those who differ. Its vision is one of robust engagement,” he said.
Yes clear as mud. This ad really give me a “clear” view on their Christology – or is that Joseph-son-ology to them? Robust engagement has not exactly been my experience with Progressive Christianity. Disagree with them about homosexual acts and you will have the anathema of homophobia pronounced on you. I prefer dogmas that are true compared to their “dogmas” that aren’t. Maybe it is just me, but I will stick with Jesus being the Son of God.
In another story the government used a poser of Joseph and Mary headed to Bethlehem with the words “This is how Jesus was born, Joseph and May Participated in the Census. Don’t be Afraid. Participate in the Census in 2010. [American Papist]
Funny, I bet we won’t hear cries of Theocracy from liberals with Obama administration use of this poster. The census is not how Jesus was born. Jesus would still have been born even if Caesar had not called for the census. God in his providence used the census to arrange the place of our Saviors birth.
Plus what is up with the “Don’t be afraid” part? Are people really afraid of census workers? Amazing they didn’t add a picture of Pope John Paul II saying his famous “Be not afraid.” I am not afraid of census workers other than that they hire ACORN and other such workers who have no problem filling out false documents to try to inflate congressional districts.
Is their a religious aspect to taking a census? Well King David did get into trouble for calling for a census being that his motives were how to increase power via taxation. The Roman census was much the same in regards to taxation. It is suppose to be that our census is Constitutionally just to determine the amount of representatives in the Congress. Of course more and more they have used the census to compile other information not required such as race. So the moral aspect is of course the abuse of power that surrounds the census. So maybe considering the information is used by politicians to increase/decrease representatives and for stats used by other agencies maybe I really need to be afraid of the census. Especially when the government tells me not to be afraid about something. Don’t worry, be happy, and pay your taxes!