What’s the true spirit of Christmas? That’s the question at the heart of countless Christmas movies that clutter the airwaves and cable listings at this time of year. But the answer one typically receives from films of this genre is not merely a departure from the biblical narrative, but rather is a kind of anti-gospel that turns our attention completely away from the redemption provided by the incarnate Son of God. The hosts will discuss this topic by walking through memorable lines from movies such as A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and many others.
That’s our theme on this episode of the White Horse Inn as we continue our series on The Incarnation.
“The commercialization and secularization of Christmas in America has been noted for a long time. It’s not any great news flash. Christmas or the Holidays is big business. Often, even in church services, there are spectacles with living Christmas trees and Santa visits. Ironically, many of the most vocal defenders of ‘Merry Christmas’ in our society are really interested in a civil religion type of ceremony that has very little to do with Jesus. The culture wars don’t seem that interested in talking about the incarnation, the actual myth that became fact, the entirely non-sentiment journey of God the Son to the far country in order to seek and to save that which was lost.” –Michael Horton