A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. SchulzIts my favorite Christmas movie ever, so, of course, this must be one of my favorite Christmas stories to read as well. Its the story of a little boy (surely you know this) who doesnt quite feel the Christmas spirit and who doesnt do anything right, but is, nevertheless, put in charge of the Christmas pageant. In the midst of all the hustle and bustle of Christmas, the wanting of presents and the buying of things and the decorating, the true spirit of Christmas pops up, for just a minute, but it is enough to change everything.
Linus Tells Charlie Brown the True Meaning of Christmas
One of the songs that popped up on a Christmas station came from the original soundtrack for A Charlie Brown Christmas. Christmas time is here Happiness and cheer Fun for all that children call Their favorite time of the year. A Charlie Brown Christmas is one of my annual delights. Watch it online at ABC. One of the most powerful reminders of the message of Christmas came from the genius of the late Charles Schultz. One simple and elegant scene captures it all.
It's become a NewsBusters tradition to have the Peanuts character Linus explain the true meaning of Christmas. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flocks 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 of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a savior, tis Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger.
Christmas is about Jesus. There: I said it. The sky did not fall. 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!
Linus First Explains True Meaning of Christmas
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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 good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all 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, good will toward men. Is there anyone today who is as courageous as Charles Schulz?
It is a political proclamation that is both revolutionary and subversive because it overtly challenges the authority of Caesar and critiques the means and methods of Roman rule. Do we accept these titles as applicable to Caesar or the Christ? This choice, Borg and Crossan assert, is between widely divergent paths because, while both offer salvation and peace, the ends comes through antithetical means. Caesar brings peace and salvation through a program of violent conquest, while Jesus brings peace and salvation through a program of nonviolent justice. When we begin to hear this story as a challenge to and critique of the promise of peace through violence enacted by Rome, we can begin to hear this story as a challenge to and critique of the promise of peace through violence enacted by any person, group or nation past, present or future. We just need eyes to see past and ears to listen through all of the sentimentality and shallow theology that has come to surround it.