As a follow-up to my previous post, “Ow, C’mon, All Ye Faithful, regarding bad theology in Christmas hymns, here are five takeoffs on the subject.
We hear this evangelical rant every Christmas and Easter. But here are two articles, with short excerpts, debunking these myths.
“Sippin’ in the Seattle’s Latteland,” “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” and “Away in a Manger”
From out of the Pharaoh’s wicked scheme to destroy all Hebrew babies came Moses, the redeemer of Israel. Out of the remnant from Babylon, God brought Joseph and Mary to be the earthly parents of the Messiah. Out of Herod’s wicked plan came the baby Savior, the event Matthew described as, “out of Egypt I called my son.”
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Rev. J. V. Fesko, Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Seminary Cal, wrote an analysis of one of my favorite Christmas hymns, â€œO Come, O Come, Emmanuel.â€ In his article, he traces the Biblical and historical bases of the hymn.
Beneath Matthewâ€™s genealogy is the story of Godâ€™s salvation plan through Abraham, David, and Christ. Notice that the record includes not only Jews, but also a few Gentiles, all of them women who had tarnished reputations. But as Paul says, all those who are Christâ€™s are Abrahamâ€™s offspring, heirs according to promise (Gal 3:29).
This is why we celebrate Christmas. This is why we have joy at Christmas. This is why we could say with David, â€œMy heart shall rejoice in your salvation!â€ This is why the angels in heaven rejoiced at the birth of Christ, because his birth was â€œgood news of great joy that will be for all the people.â€
In his new book “Christless Christianity,” Dr. Michael Horton says, “Jesus has been dressed up as a corporate CEO, life coach, culture-warrior, political revolutionary, philosopher, copilot, cosufferer, moral example, and partner in fulfilling our personal and social dreams,” but rarely as the crucified and resurrected Redeemer of a powerless people dead in sin.