Apparently I missed a very controversial episode of GLEE last night. I enjoy the singing and dancing of this TV series but have many problems when they try to make post-modern points on social issues.
As one who follows the ideas of scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg I have developed the habit of looking at things spiritually rather than terrestrially.
I suspect that allowing a “black transgendered actor” to give birth to the baby Jesus was meant to offset any efforts at marginalizing such individuals in society.
I was not totally offended by this strategy to go “over the top” concerning Christian sensibilities. Besides the technical problems of a male changing into a female so adequately to have human ovum and give birth, there are also spiritual considerations (which most people are not even aware of).
Swedenborg turned the Christmas story on its head!
You see, according to Swedenborg, being the Virgin Mary was not such a great thing. She not only served to bring God into the spacetime arena, she also served to create a physical (genetic) medium, finite body and corporeal/sensual mind, through which all the hatred and falsity of the hells could have access to and attack the Lord.
Since there is no ratio between finite things (and hell is finite) and the Infinite (God) Mary provided the ovum by which the Lord God could incarnate within a hotspot of human hereditary bullshit. The Glorification of the Lord (uniting His humanness with His Divinity) consisted of battling all these inner demons and conquering them. That is why when Jesus was becoming victorious on the cross, he called his mother “woman.” Mary had served her cosmic purpose.
With that in mind, I see a transgendered person equally capable of providing the Lord with inner demons. In fact, that is what each of us does when we bring the Lord Jesus into our lives—we give him all our crap!
Merry Christmas, everyone!