I’m a Baby Jesus Fan

This post is possibly history making. I’m going to relate “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” to the gospel. (I watched this movie in a trailer park with a bunch of armed security guards, so I just have to be a fan.) Anyways, at one point, Ricky Bobby prays to “Dear Lord baby Jesus” then, just to mess with his wife, escalates to praying to “Dear 8 lb. 6 oz. baby Jesus.” Heretical? Hypocritical? Scandalous? Nahh. This is why I love Christmas…

Some louder voices in the public sphere decry a war on Christmas, concerned that the commercialization and kitsch drown out the true meaning of the season. I have a different take. I love that at Christmastime, unabashed spirituality creeps into the public sphere. Those of us who are believers will always carve out devotional time in our lives. Our celebration of Christmas in our homes will match our belief and we will certainly celebrate Christ from the creche to the ascention. Jesus is our Lord and King, the Savior of the World, our Redeemer, our Friend. Nothing is more fitting for those of us who believe in the miracle of His sacrifice, than to listen and agree with the Hallelujah Chorus in Handel’s Messiah.

But not everyone in the world is a believer in Christ. Or perhaps their personal faith, for whatever reason, is not currently manifest in their lives. Christmas is a time when the simplest message of Christianity is embraced, unabashedly, by the public. “Peace on Earth, Goodwill toward men.” No matter what your religious belief is, that is a message that the world can get behind. Even if only for the fleeting moments of Christmas, when we hear carols in every store, see angels and lights on houses, and are wished good tidings by friends, that is a universal message that people are more inclined to embrace. It may be the lowest common denominator of Christianity, but what a common denominator it is. If only we could have peace, if only we can practice goodwill. That is a message I’ll share with those I love, no matter their religious belief or lack thereof.

So, at this Christmastime, I’m remembering the baby Jesus, and praying for peace. I’m praying that the wars will cease, and if that can’t happen, I’m praying that those separated from their families by war can be safe and protected. I’m praying that we can increase the measure of goodwill that we radiate. I’m remembering baby Jesus along with the large part of the world, and I’m glad He is something we can share.

Comments

  1. Steve Evans says:

    Amen Karen! This is a season of spiritual abundance. I’m glad to share it with you.

  2. And in despair I bowed my head
    “There is no peace on earth,” I said,
    “For hate is strong and mocks the song
    Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

    Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
    “God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
    The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
    With peace on earth, good will to men.”

    I just came back from one of the most saddening single’s ward fhe’s ever. I’ve never felt so much that Christian love and charity had long been rejected by humanity.

    Thanks for pointing out that it’s still there.

  3. Narrator, clearly the solution to your problem is to stop going to singles ward FHEs. I did years ago, and I can’t tell you how much more lovely Monday nights are now…

  4. Indeed. Thanks for the lovely post. I’ve been eagerly awaiting someone linking Talladega Nights with the Gospel. Glory be!

  5. Kevin Barney says:

    In case anyone of your heathen don’t know t what Karen is so aptly referring, see here.

  6. “Some louder voices in the public sphere decry a war on Christmas…” I really struggle to not be upset by those who would cry and complain about our diminished ability to celebrate the season when if we would just do that – focus on God’s greatest gift to world – we would find joy and happiness during this season and elsewhere in our lives. Thank you for reminding us of our responsibilities as followers of Jesus Christ to promote goodwill in the world and strive to live peacefully. May we all make that part of our Christmas celebration and our daily lives.

  7. Ah, The prayer scene is my favorite scene in Talladega Nights. Love it. Still quote it.

  8. Awesome post. Talladega Nights and the gospel! Love it.

    the narrator – tell us how you really feal about the fhe! Oh, the beauties of being single.

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