The story of the Wise Men isn’t about offering gold, frankincense, and myrrh (incredibly expensive gifts) in order to please a new born king. It’s about letting go of the materialism preventing us from getting closer to God. It’s about stepping out of the culture which says, the transfer of wealth among the elites (from one king to another) is the only way for society to recognize who is truly in charge. This story reminds us that you can’t see the world through the eyes of Jesus if you’re looking through gold tinted lenses or wearing frankincense aftershave. You can’t see or smell the poverty Jesus was born into (and then embraces) when you’re blinded by the conventional wisdom of culture based in oppression, power, and wealth.