Making A Difference In The Nation's Capital Through Prayer And Action

His Poverty, Our Riches!

Nov 22, 2021

In just 10 days, Faith & Liberty will enact a Live Nativity on Capitol Hill and we need your help! In the Live Nativity, actors in New Testament-era costumes portray Mary, Joseph and the Christ Child (always a real, live cooing newborn baby), the shepherds, Wise Men, townspeople and angels.

And that’s not all! We even include the animals that likely were on the scene in Bethlehem: a donkey, sheep, and even a camel. You can imagine the amazement on Capitol Hill as this entourage walks down the sidewalk, between the U.S. Supreme Court and the Capitol building.


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We do this partially to remind our national leaders of the true meaning of Christmas, when God became flesh and dwelt among us!

The Gospel of Luke tells us: “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:7)

As mentioned yesterday, the word "inn" is not the usual word for a lodging place. Instead, it simply means an enclosure, sort of like a walled courtyard, which sometimes had a few sparse rooms where travelers driving their cattle for the night could stay. You can almost think of it as a square with a few rooms on one side and on the other side there were stables for the animals. But when Mary and Joseph arrived in Bethlehem, the few rooms were already full.

So what did Mary and Joseph do? They stayed in the stable. Think about that for a moment. The one of whom the prophet Isaiah said that the government would be upon His shoulders was born not in the palace of a king or in the hallways of power, but in an animal corral. No bedding, no food, no host, no entertainment, nothing but a feeding trough in which to lay the Christ Child!

As G. Campbell Morgan said, he was “born so low down that no baby could be born lower.”

Why? The Apostle Paul answered that question when he told the church in Corinth, “He, being rich, became poor for your sakes, that through His poverty you might be rich.” (2 Cor. 9:9)

As Ambrose, the fourth-century bishop of Milan, said, "He was on earth so that you may be in the stars. He had no place in the inn, so that you may have mansions in Heaven. His poverty is our inheritance, and the Lord’s weakness is our virtue."

That’s why we do the Live Nativity! As the caravan processes, it reminds our national leaders that this tiny child, born in poverty so many years ago, is Christ, the Lord! For all their power and influence, our government officials need to remember that government is not our salvation, Jesus is! Government is not our peace, Jesus is! And, government is not our hope, Jesus is!

But we need your help to make Live Nativity 2021 happen! In the next 10 days, we need to raise $10,000 to make certain this living illustration of the miracle of the Christ Child is there to serve as a powerful witness to those on Capitol Hill. Will you stand with us through your prayers and giving?


Thank you for your prayers! Thank you for your generosity! And remember, Christ is born! Let all the earth – including our national leaders – proclaim His glory!

Peggy Nienaber, Vice-President
Mat Staver, Chairman
Rev. Greg Cox, Lead Missionary