Merry Christmas Charlie Brown!

Merry Christmas Charlie Brown!

“And in the same region, there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and 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 among those with whom he is pleased!’”  (Luke 2:8-14)

For many of us, especially children, one anticipation of Christmas is the airing of Christmas specials. On December 9, 1965, CBS debuted a Peanuts Christmas special created by Charles Schulz. A Charlie Brown Christmas received high ratings and was a big success. It has been a Christmas classic ever since.

In the special, Charlie Brown is feeling depressed because he does not know the true meaning of Christmas. If you recall, Charlie Brown’s best friend Linus recites Luke 2:8-14 in their Christmas play to help him understand. I didn’t realize it in 1965, but now I see it. Linus is discipling!

I muse over this Peanuts special because it would not be produced in this day and age. To produce a comic strip or cartoon that would seriously quote Luke’s Gospel and air on secular television would be unheard of. The commercialism of Christmas, political correctness and the current moral revolution have taken “Christ” out of Christmas.

It is nice to know, in the hectic season of Christmas, that A Charlie Brown Christmas is still a mainstay; Charlie Brown, Linus and the Peanuts gang can cut through the noise of the secular culture with Luke’s true meaning of Christmas.

May we all at The Church of the Apostles be like Linus and pronounce the true meaning of Christmas to our friends.

The Lord’s Peace be with You,
Deacon Doug Stomberg


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