Countdown to Christmas - Day Three
"And everyone went to his own town to register."
What no Internet?
Man have things changed over the last
2000, 200, 20, 2 years. Can you imagine the uproar now if the president of the United States said, "Alright, next month, I need you all to stop what you are doing for a couple of weeks, gather up your family, load up enough stuff, and head off to town here your family is from. And when you get there, make sure you sign up. Cause I want more money from you."
The place would come unglued.
But not here, in Luke 2, not now. Or at least as far as I can tell from the passage.
Oh I'm sure there were a number of people who had a duck fit and stomped around with their 1 B.C. version of the Blackberry and fumed that "I am too important to waste two weeks for this trip cause I have things to do and a business to run and people think I'm important" and blah, blah, blah.
But verse doesn't say that, it just says that "And everyone went to his own town to register."
Sometimes it seems the Bible is really interesting for what it doesn't say.
Cause I think that if this passage was written now we would have a thousand talking head reporters on TV trying to fill a :30 second segment with two people screaming about "the injustice and the tragedy and how the economy will suffer irreversible ramifications and oops now we have to go to break..."
And yes times were simpler and yes things were different, but it still a ruler telling people to stop what they were doing and travel (in many cases) a long way from home so they could ultimately pay more more money to the government.
I just think that if people had gone completely crazy about this Luke would have dropped in a sentence about that.
And so it's interesting in what it doesn't say.