15 December 2017

This 'n' That

I've already admitted that I watch Hallmark movies at Christmas. With watching television comes the inevitable...commercials. There are some Christmas commercials that I actually like, because they've been around for years and remind me of a simpler time. Like the commercial for Hershey Kisses where the red, green, and silver candies play "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" — that thing has been around for ages, since 1989 apparently! Another that has always taken me back is one I've unfortunately not seen this year. It's for Campbell's soup, and depicts a snowman waddling indoors, sitting down to a bowl of hot soup, and melting away to reveal a little boy. Even though this is selling soup, for some reason it always reminded me sipping hot chocolate after playing outside in the snow.

There is one type of Christmas commercial that continually baffles me, however. It is the car commercial. A man awakes on Christmas morning to find his dream Mercedes sitting in the driveway donned with a big, red bow. The snow is falling gently all around, and he grins with glee, all his grown-up Christmas wishes having come true.

Two things: First, not to sound like a feminist, but why don't women ever get cars for Christmas in these commercials? I mean, if someone wants to send me a Mercedes, I promise I'll flash a super-big grin, even if it's not snowing, and even though I don't need or want a new car, much less such a luxury one.

Second...really? Who are these people who are gifting luxury cars to loved ones at Christmas? Can you imagine how embarrassing it would be to buy your wife some piddly sweater, or even a necklace, and then find a $50,000 car sitting in your driveway from her? Awkward.

I know, I know. These commercials aren't trying to convince us to give someone a car for Christmas, rather, they are trying to get us to buy a car for ourselves because the vehicle is being offered at such a great price. Well, I won't argue that this may be the time of year to make a big purchase if it's necessary since the sales are prevalent, but I still find the whole notion of these commercials mildly hilarious. They also are blatant examples of the commercialism and worldliness of Christmas in our society. It's all about the material gifts, isn't it? Thankfully, we Christians know that there has been a priceless gift given to mankind in the Lord Jesus Christ. A fancy car will eventually break down, but our Lord is the sovereign King forever.

Now that all of that has been said, I'll be sure to keep you posted if I find a new car in my driveway on Christmas. If a few of you want to go in on that gift together, I totally understand and would support that decision.

Well, when I drafted this on Thursday, my news feed was filled with stories about Roy Moore. Don't worry, I won't subject you to any of that. Instead, I hope you'll enjoy these other links I've uncovered as you enjoy your week in review (kind of):

  • R.C. Sproul is with the Lord. John MacArthur offers a memorable tribute.
  • Thanks to reader Mike for posting this link in the comments of last week's post: a few more thoughts on Santa Claus.
  • Is your favorite discernment blogger or podcaster pointing you to Christ and His Word, or to him/herself?
  • Can we know if the New Testament text was reliably transmitted?
  • Merry Xmas! Breathe—using the X isn't blasphemous. 
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Our sanctification doesn't add to our justification.
  • There's only one man who can truly sing White Christmas.
  • I can think of a few more things that expository preaching is not, but this list is a good start.
  • Does anyone else remember the Claymation Christmas special?
  • Don't be a Scrooge this Christmas.
With biblical warrant, we usually think of the cross as the greatest manifestation of God’s love. But if on the cross, Christ’s descent reached the pit of hell, the incarnation was His first step in that agonizing descent. We need to know Christ as He truly is, God and man in one beautiful, glorious person. Knowing Christ ensures being changed by Him. —William Boekestein

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