In the Gospel according to Mary Brown and her child Joshua, who represents one of W.E.B. Du Bois’s Black biblical characters, he found comfort among those who were societal outcasts. He, who was [the Black] Jesus Christ, marched with the poor, with sinners, and communists; however, whites did not embrace this Christ. Better yet, the white South lynched this Christ because they could not accept a Christ who accepted all people (Blacks, undocumented, gay, transgender, poor in need, etc). Because of this, the very people who awaited him – the Christian South, killed Joshua. His message of radical love was too much for them to embrace. Thus, many navigated their days professing to love a process and not a mission.
Jesus—a radical who sought to destroy white supremacy— tore down the rules of Jim Crow that existed in his age, and in 20th century Jim Crow, and today—but who is one who continues to be used as a symbol by white supremacists who dismiss his message of radical love.
Christmas is only as great as people who can love their Black and brown brothas and sistas. Who love their trans neighbors, and those willing to denounce the bigots of systems that operate in churches and institutions throughout.
It is my wish that the 21st century church will love to love as Christ loved—in a radical capacity.