Tuesday, December 22, 2015
An Odd Christmas Song
We sang this song in our assembly Sunday:
Who Would Have Dreamed
On a starlit hillside, shepherds watched their sheep
Slowly, David’s city drifted off to sleep
But to this little town of no great renown
The Lord had a promise to keep
Prophets had foretold it, a mighty King would come
Long awaited Ruler, God’s Anointed One
But the Sovereign of all looked helpless and small
As God gave the world His own Son
And who would have dreamed or ever foreseen
That we could hold God in our hands?
The Giver of Life is born in the night
Revealing God’s glorious plan
To save the world
Wondrous gift of heaven: the Father sends the Son
Planned from time eternal, moved by holy love
He will carry our curse and death He’ll reverse
So we can be daughters and sons
So why do I think this is odd? The chorus says “we could hold God in our hands.” Um, the only people who could have held Jesus as a child were those who were contemporary with him in history. How can “we” hold Jesus (God) in our hands?
This is just some “feel-goodism” which the non-discerning gobble up.
This is an example of what I meant when I said, “Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.”
There are so many good Christmas songs that we really shouldn’t have to resort to this sort.