Extra! Extra! Hallmark Channel Takes Away Baby Jesus!
Yes, It’s true. With dozens and hundreds of Christmas romance movies produced for the Christmas Season, Not one of them says a thing about the basis of the holiday celebration – the Birthday of Jesus! You know, the night God came into the world in human form with angels filling the sky and singing “Glory to God in the highest.” The same night that Mary and Joseph stayed in a cattle stall and laid their baby in a manger with the cows and sheep watching, along with the shepherds who came in from the fields to see the newborn King…
The same night the star rose over Bethlehem and guided the three wise men from the east who brought gold, frankincense and myrrh for the King whose kingdom would know no end? Yes, that’s the story that has inspired manger scenes on fireplace mantles everywhere, moved musicians to compose magnificent hymns of Christmas celebration, and brought the message of peace and goodwill to all men. THAT CHRISTMAS STORY!!!
But is any of that in a Hallmark Christmas movie? No. Never. Zip, Zero, Nada. They’re all about the magic of Christmas, the spirit of Christmas, and most of all… the Christmas Miracle. There’s got to be one in every movie. But guess what? There’s no Jesus in the Miracle, in fact, there’s no Jesus anywhere. If a child were to watch any one of these movies, he/she would never know the real wonder of the night Jesus was born.
Before you accuse me of being an insensitive brutish scrooge, consider that I recorded a long list of Hallmark movies to entertain my lovely wife, and I offer myself up as a sweet smelling sacrifice to watch these things with her… even acting genuinely interested. That’s how I found out that they not only ignore any references to Jesus, they seem to deliberately go out of the way to scrub any vestige of the Savior from the script. The background carols are all about Santa, and Jingle Bells, and sleigh rides.
Even It’s a Wonderful Life ends with everybody singing “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing, Glory to the Newborn King!”
The straw that broke the camel’s back came when a grumpy Hallmark Christmas unbeliever couldn’t get all the fuss and asked his girlfriend,
“What’s the big deal, anyway? What’s Christmas all about?”
Talk about a softball question, but did she tell him it was the birthday of Jesus? Of course not! She gave him some mumbo jumbo about people feeling happy and doing things for each other, etc. etc. Not that these are bad things, but… no Jesus, no God with us, no Immanuel. One character went so far as to say the angel ornament on top of the tree was a symbol of departed loved ones looking down on us! How dumb is that? Believe me, Hallmark is stripping Christ out of every element of Christmas.
This is very sad, and it is serious stuff. Like my pastor said in his sermon this morning… When you take Christ out of Christmas, all you have left is a great big mess…