Posted by: tucsonjefe | December 26, 2008

More Christ at Christmas

I learned something last week while watching the news. I found out that Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer is a Christian song. I am slightly past 60 years on planet earth, I have listened to thousands of songs and even been a Christian for nearly 30 years, but it never occurred to me to classify Rudolph as sacred music. It seems that some lady on the east coast filed a protest with the school system because Rudolph was to be sing at the “Holiday” program.  She was concerned that her child would be exposed to Christianity because the song has in it the words “Christmas” and “Santa Claus.”  It seems to me that this lady has more faith in the power of the Name of Christ than most Christians.  She is afraid that “Christ” embedded in another word and then combined with the faint allusion to the possibility of sanctification in the name a holiday caricature might somehow drive her impressionable child to fall to her knees and receive Jesus.  Now that is powerful!  That explains why so many groups rise up this time of year to attempt to purge Christmas of all reference to Jesus.  If Rudolph is dangerous, then a Nativity scene must be positively terrifying.  The devil knows and fears the power that is in that name, and in any reference to it.  The fact that he is yelling so loud says that a little “Merry Christmas” must go a long way.


Most of the hoopla surrounding Christmas is mildly distasteful to many of us.  We see greed and chaos and anti-Christian rhetoric. It is a good idea to remember that we are in a season of the year that officially begins with a day of Thanksgiving and closes with a New Beginning, punctuated by the celebration of the birth of our Savior. Unlike any other holiday, this one comes with expectations that we people should treat one another with more kindness, remember their families, and pray for peace on earth. The entire season is accompanied by background music that references our Lord.  Every Wal-Mart shopper hums along to Joy to the World.  Whether we recognize it or not, even the offended unbelievers are aware of the reason for the season.  That is why they rage. When they quit complaining is when we should be concerned. This is a time of golden opportunity.  Never underestimate the work of The Holy Spirit during this season.  He is charging the atmosphere with the awareness of Christ. A God born in a manger is a mysterious and powerful thing. Be alert for opportunities to mention that Name and recount that story.


Scripture Reading: And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”  (Luke 2:9-14 NKJV)


Somebody Said: I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: ‘O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.’ And God granted it.  – Voltaire


An Hispanic lady told me the other day that when she sees the word “Christmas” she always thinks of it as Christ, más – meaning more Christ.  That is my desire and belief that every “happy holidays” will be answered with a loving and joy-filled “Merry Christmas” and the inevitable result will be more Christ.


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