“Everyone went to their own town to register” (Luke 2:3).
The familiar Christmas story starts with a governmental registry. Tracking — and taxing — populations helped Rome enact its oppression. So we read of a journey to Bethlehem by an engaged couple with a faith and ethnicity considered suspicious by the authorities.
Surely the widely circulated story caught the eyes of a lot of Baptists. It seems a coalition of U.S. Muslim groups launched a fundraiser to rebuild predominantly black churches targeted with arson following the Charleston, S.C., shooting in which nine members were killed by a lone gunman.