There is a scene in one of my favorite shows (FYI – “The Vicar of Dibley” Britcom) where the entire cast of characters enacts the Christmas story by creating a live nativity scene. It is a comedy, so lots of things go haywire. David, the man appointed to play the part of King Herod decides to use a little creative license with his lines. Instead of King Herod wanting to kill Jesus – he decides that he should kiss Jesus. He wants to show another side of Herod. It’s just two letters – what’s the big deal?
Let’s face it – Herod is not the part you want to play in the Christmas pageant. You certainly don’t want to get stuck doing the children’s message on this Sunday. In fact, I think it would be nice if we could cut him out of the story all together. Why does he have to be in this story? He is just plain awful.