Social Media’s Upside: Millions See Digital Nativity Story


Nativity Story Text Message to Mary

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.






3 Comments

  1. Tanya-63933 December 17, 2010

    Wow! What a way to take a dramatic, mysterious, personal and intensely divine moment of our history and reduce it to a tedious and pedestrian exercise that merely illustrates how we are all chained to a screen and a keyboard as well as being slaves to instant gratification! I mean, it was almost three WHOLE minutes to SHOW us how Jesus came to be from Point A to Point B! Man, you cannot beat technological progress!

    It sure was flashy and snappy though! I was especially transformed by the birth of our Saviour YouTubed to us with the rollicking sounds of Jingle Bells played over it!

    Yes, Virginia, there IS a fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse and apparently he is wearing sleigh bells.

  2. Rose-508587 December 17, 2010

    “Personal” – yes, the story of the incarnation is personal. BUT, personally, I can’t relate to having an angel appear and tell me that I’m going to miraculously have a baby, or to the tedious trip to Bethlehem on a donkey, or having to stay in a stable. Perhaps if I could personally relate to those within the setting of first century Palestine this video wouldn’t be as funny. However, I think this is brilliant. Yes, there was creative license taken but the basic story was the same. Who’s to say God couldn’t have done it just like this?

    • Tanya-63933 December 18, 2010

      That is the point, Rose. Stories don’t mean “more” nor are they more effective or meaningful if someone can wrap her head around it or relate to it. That means people only look at stories or events on a very literal and often superficial level. Sometimes we need to be called out of our own myopic and immediate experiences and circumstances in order to learn.

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