This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page.
I just couldn’t resist, after my own Jewish Christmas message, another unexpected Christian message – from Edward Snowden no less.
At least Snowden has finally found a place to lay his head. Even if it is in Putin’s Pussy Riot Russia.
Snowden’s Christian message resounds. Children growing up without a moment to themselves, knowing always that more than Santa is looking in on them – to see whether they’re naughty or nice. A constricted life to be sure. Will such intrusions change our understanding of what it means to be human?
Even Israel is being surveyed. Imagine that, the last great hope for Jewishkind being watched by their honest broker American friend who wants to give Israel everything it has rather than everything it wants.
Israel’s outrage is palpable. But if I were leading Israel, I’d take John Kerry’s gift wrapped Christmas present, wouldn’t you?
NSA is like the all-seeing, all-knowing God escaped from the theological realm into real historical time. Which God is more oppressive? Or has church and state once again joined hands?
Not much Christian cheer when you look world-wide. Snowden’s Christmas message is a light unto the world’s nations. And he didn’t even mention God.