Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
It is the Advent season. During this time we will frequently hear songs on the radio about Santa Claus, the birth of Christ Jesus, and shopping. In the this mix of songs we will likely also here some comical stuff. Some of these songs will be whar are commonly called “parodies, that is to say that they are songs which point fun at another song by taking the basic melody and changing the words. Some musicians have even made a career of making parodies, with Weird Al Yankovich being the best known of parody singers.
Sadly, many of our Christmas songs are rather violent and vicious. Two particular titles are “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” by Randy Brooks and “Yingle Bells” by Harry Edward Skarbo, AKA Yogi Yorgesson. The latter of these is from 1949 and tells of a particularly poorly planned trip involving a horse hitched to a sleigh. The former is a semi-popular hit written in 1979 and has even been made into cartoon and has had several parodies made of it, including “New Kids Got Run Over by a Reindeer” and “Grandpa Got Run Over By a Beer Truck”. All of these songs are based upon misfortune and violence.
I wish I could say that these are the worst of it, but they are not. Bob Rivers came out with an album called “Twisted Christmas” in 1988. Songs on this included “Wreck the Malls”, “The Restroom Door Said, “Gentlemen” and “The Chimney Song”. All of these are of a particularly disturbing nature, either encouraging violence or make a mockery of sorrow and suffering, or even death. “The Chimney Song” is particularly disturbing in this regard given that there is usually at least one reported case every year of a well meaning relative getting stuck and dying in a chimney as they attempt to surprise their child(ren) or those of their sibling(s) with a surprise visit from Santa Claus.
That we should take such delight in pain and suffering is a sad testimony to what our society has become. In the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy, we have written before us the Commandments of God. Included in these are “Thou shalt not commit murder” and “Thou shalt not steal”. In a society that has fallen into getting in a fist fight over discounted towels and toys, we would do well to given proper consideration to those commandments again. Violence and selfishness are not part of the Advent season. Rather, they are symptoms of a sin sick society that is falling further and further into social depravity.
This Advent season, I challenge you. I challenge you to look past the consumerism and violence. I challenge you to look beyond personal greed. I challenge you to look to the baby placed in animal feed trough. I challenge you to look to the one who would die upon a cross to pain the just penalty of your sins. I challenge you to look to Christ Jesus, the son of God, the real reason for the season (yes, I am aware that he likely was not born in December, but that is another topic for another time). Look to the savior and realize just how sinful we have all become. None of us is innocent, not you, not me. Jesus was the only one who was ever truly innocent, and yet he died the death of a criminal, so you could be forgiven of your crimes against a just God.
We need to put aside all the vicious movies and music that have crept into our modern Advent season and get back to what matters most, the birth of our savior. All that violent materialism won’t do you any good upon judgment day. If anything, it could be your final condemnation. Its time to repent and seek forgiveness. We don’t need another vicious Christmas.