|It's pretty much not a Christmas carol without the costumes.|
This is the only time of year that I turn on the radio in my car or in my house, and then only because the local station is playing Christmas music. Of course, they seem to have a playlist of only 12 songs or so, and more than half of those are atrocious. I mean, 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' Really? Even the guy who wrote that song admits that it's terrible! So why do radio stations foist it upon us each and every year, and then as frequently as once an hour? Don't even get me started on 'Dominic the Donkey' or 'Feliz Navidad.' And I hope that whoever suggested that the Beach Boys record a Christmas album was fired the day after it released. 'Little Saint Nick' is not my idea of a Merry Christmas. But then, who doesn't love hearing Wham!'s 'Last Christmas'?
I know, you're wondering why I even bother with the radio then? Yeah, so am I. Perhaps this explains why I've resorted more to my own iTunes Christmas playlist thus far this year. And no, I am not going to tell you how many songs are on that list.
What I do love about Christmas music, though—the good Christmas music, the Christian hymns and carols that we all love—is that the Gospel is proclaimed, even on secular radio or in the middle of the grocery store. Sure, it's doubtful that people are repenting in droves simply because they heard 'Hark, the Herald Angels Sing' while perusing the cereal shelves, but I don't doubt that, when you and I hear it, we smile. After all, here is a world that loathes Christ, and yet, for the sake of the season, it proclaims Him as King, even if in ignorance. But one day all will bow the knee to Him, and it will not be in ignorance (Phil. 2:9-11). All will acknowledge that Christ is King for all of eternity, whether in Heaven with Him, or whether in agony in Hell. Let us not miss the opportunity to share today with those who are perishing that Christ is Lord.
Oh, and as I'm sure you've guessed, this means that you can prepare for an onslaught of my favorite Christmas carols over the coming weeks. Hey, it's only once a year. And with that, please turn up your favorite Christmas song, sit back, and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
- This year's must-have gift: Godbaby.
- I hate to break it to everyone who is in a tizzy over the new Starbucks drink, but $7 is nothing for those of us who order soy milk by necessity and extra shots of espresso by, well, necessity.
- The UN now officially recognizes a Palestinian state. The U.S. objected to this, as did Israel. Of course, America no longer holds the authority she once did among the other nations, and has the UN ever liked Israel? No reason to be surprised by this.
- Speaking of America losing its mojo, it didn't even crack the list of the best places to be born in 2013.
- Worried about the impending December 21 apocalypse? No worries, NASA is here to put your mind at ease. I mean, what else do they have to do these days?
- Superbugs in the hospitals. Shocking. Ick.
- No mention of Jesus is allowed at children's Advent services in Sweden.
- Speaking of Sweden, happy gender-bending Christmas!
- Last Friday was a day of tremendous deals. Even at Planned Parenthood. Repulsive.
- I still think the best cup of hot chocolate is the one that you drink in the comfort of your own home, in your jammies and slippers, while curled up with a good book.
- In the midst of so many articles this week on the abuse of women, Thabiti Anyabwile's wife shares a tragic story from her childhood.
- This guy wants to open a "gay-friendly" mosque in Paris. So...do you think he actually knows what his religion teaches?
- Steven Furtick is training the church's future. Help.
- A village in Serbia thinks an ancient vampire may be on the loose. No, really.
- Thinking of sharing the Gospel in Minnesota? Better watch out.
- So...I'm gathering that a "faitheist" is someone who seeks after common ground. Now, where have I heard that before? *cough*Rick Warren*cough*
- Ligonier continues teaching through TULIP with 'irresistible grace'.
- Still trying to use up that iTunes gift card from last Christmas? Why not download some of Todd Bentley's soaking music? So soothing and tranquil, you can't help but be visited by an angel of light.
- Zurich is taking a rather...interesting approach to curbing prostitution. Total depravity.
- I try not to post videos that I've not had a chance to watch in entirety, but I'm confident that this one, entitled "Church of Tares," is an important one to watch.
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