The Alternativity – Banksy style

Christmas Eve. Never really touched me. Until tonight, Christmas Eve 2017. Just watched the most moving nativity play I’ve ever seen – THE ALTERNATIVITY – tears flooding down my face. Made by Banksy and Danny Boyle in Bethlehem in the car park of the Walled Off Hotel. The huge Israeli wall surrounds it. Check points. Snipers.  No freedom. No peace. Fear. Oppression. Then this happens.
The kids of Bethlehem come out.
And Banksy pulls off a stunner. The kids want freedom, and they sing, and demon Herod comes to terrorise them. I’ll never be able to sing ‘O Little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie’ again.  What a guy! How did he do Banksy-The-Alternativity-flyerthis… you must watch it. The world needs to see it. This is Christmas December 2017. This is Jesus. This is why He came.
You won’t believe whats going on in Bethlehem, Christmas Eve 2017. The place where Jesus was born.

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Our current cultural story is one of darkness and despair. Trump and Rocket Man and North Korea, Brexit negotiations, Trump pouring a can of petrol on Jerusalem, Putin flexing his muscles, Trump and sexual harassment. Its gloom gloom gloom. One neighbour of ours put this sign on his gate, expressing the gloom of many people today. They want to know, “Is there hope?”

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