If you haven’t seen the below video yet, it’s worth 2 minutes and 58 seconds of your time. It’s a creative rendition of the Nativity story, except it shows how it might go down in the tech savvy terminology of today.
Aside from this being cool purely from a creative standpoint – hats off to the folks at Excentric – I think it also demonstrates a few other important points.
First, before long this video will have been seen by millions of people. That means the Nativity story, the story of the incarnation (at least a modern-day version of it), was heard by millions of people who otherwise may not have heard it this Christmas.
Sure, lots of people remember hearing it as a kid. But unless you go to Christmas Mass or some Christmas service (which, unfortunately, many do not), they will likely not have heard this epic story retold again this year. So in some small way, it is making Christmas more real for many people who have come to see it as just another reason to buy presents with some time off of work.
Second, it helps younger generations relate to the Nativity story in a way that reading the original text could not. By using contemporary terminology to tell a slightly enhanced story, people can often understand the real story even better.
Finally, what other ways can we be doing this in the church? What other stories can we help tell? Singles and younger generations in general understand the connection here. They get it.
The church needs you to bring your talents and knowledge and mash it up with our unchanging, ancient faith and tell the same old story anew. With your life. Your love. And in the digital language that you speak.