Keeping Christ in Christmas
In December 2015, in JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. — “A Charlie Brown Christmas” wasn’t so Christmas-y anymore after a Kentucky school district mandated that schools were to remove any references to religion in class time and activities. So, as one elementary school was already planning to put on a play of “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” it had to make some adjustments. Namely, Jesus got cut, as well as a Bible passage that describes Jesus’ birth. After the censored version of the play was performed, many parents were upset about the decision, but the superintendent told CBS that he made the choice after receiving a complaint about Jesus being used in school plays during Christmas.
So…What was the big fuss? Well, During “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” Charlie Brown is ridiculed by bringing a “little,” not so appealing Christmas tree to the school play, and because of this he is mocked and laughed at (which today they will call this bullying). So, bummed out and feeling hopeless about the season, Charlie Brown asks a relevant question as he is trying to find out the true meaning of Christmas!
Charlie Brown: Isn’t there anyone, who knows what Christmas is all about?! Linus (cartoon picture of a preacher), responds: “Sure Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about. Lights please? And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them! And they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, “Fear not! For, behold, I bring you tidings o great joy, which shall be to all my people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ, the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the 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, and good will toward men, (Luke 2:8-14).”
That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown. Thus, THIS WAS THE REASON JESUS WAS LEFT OUT OF THE CHRISTMAS PLAY IN A KENTUCKY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.
Michael Green writes, “Many see Christmas as an excuse to get drunk, have a party, get something, give a little, leave work, get out of school, spend money, overeat, and all kinds of other excesses. But, for the church, Christmas is an excuse for us to exalt Jesus Christ, in the face of a world that is not tuned in to His name.”
Because sadly, the fact remains, that many people want to hear as little as possible about Jesus during Christmas.
We invite you and your family, as we start a series (6 sermons) this Sunday (12/4/16) about “Keeping Christ in Christmas.” We will look at the word Christ in Christmas, and use it as an acronym (starting with the letter “C,”) as to the true meaning of Christmas. As our culture starts promoting Christmas…it is my hope for us to prepare our hearts and homes for the true meaning of Christmas, by keeping Jesus in both of them as Luke 2:11 exclaims, “Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.”
Your Servant in Christ,
Pastor Roland R. Perez