I don’t know whether you have followed the Occupy Wall Street movement or the other similar protests that have sprung up around the country, but I have found the various techniques of the groups quite fascinating. For instance, do you know what “Mic check!” means? While listening to a report on National Public Radio, I learned how this shout-out from the anticipated speaker quieted the masses. What this did was to call the people to order and to listen.
The phrase “Mic check!” would be started from those who were choosing to speak and this would then be repeated down the line until all were listening. Now the reason for repeating the call out was due to the fact that the Occupy Wall Street protestors were not allowed to use microphones or a sound system. So the crowd acted as the sound system.
This call-out “Mic-check” became synonymous to the movements axiom to be a movement of the 99%. The word gets passed on through the people.
Pondering this manner of passing on information, whether it is speeches or even just announcements, I have been pondering how this could be a metaphor for the coming of the Christ-child into our world. News gets passed around from one person reporting a story to another. According to the Nativity story, God sent the angels to the shepherds to announce. “Mic check! A savior is born this day in the city of David” The shepherds went and brought the news to Mary and Joseph. A star appeared in the sky. “Mic check!” and the three Magi followed it, announced (unfortunately) to Herod about a king being born, and then they finally found the babe in Bethlehem. And this “Mic check!” the good news about Jesus – has been passed along through words and scriptures since then. It is the power of passing the word along that has made it a message of hope.
Sometimes, it would be just fun to call out in the middle of a shopping mall during this season, “Mic check! This is all about Christmas! A savior who is born to us.” I wonder whether people would listen; I wonder if people would pass on the message?
Are you “Mic checking” the message of hope and anticipation this season?
Merry, blessed Christmas to you,