So, we used to be on staff at our church. It was a great time of growing and learning. One of my (David’s) tasks was to help pitch in and preach when our pastor wanted or needed me to. I actually really started to look forward to the opportunities.
One year, he asked me to preach the Christmas Eve message. I couldn’t believe it – I was so honored. Then, he told me the title of the series: “Why I Hate Christmas”
He informed me that I was to choose something about Christmas that drives me nuts and then build a sermon around that – no pressure!
Well, I thought about it for a while. Many people who know me know that I can be a bit of a Grinch when it comes to the holidays.
Even though we were privileged to film a Christmas TV special, I think it is just the overwhelming nature of the season that gets to me. Worrying about gifts and decorations is just not something that appeals to me.
“Eight Pound, Six Ounce, Newborn Baby Jesus,”
However, probably the thing that gets to me the most is the abundance of attention placed on Jesus as a baby.
Don’t get me wrong. One of my favorite theological concepts is that od the Incarnation. I think my displeasure has to do with the feeling that many people like “Baby Jesus” and forget that He grew into a man.
Some have even pointed out that this might stem from the fact that “Baby Jesus” is under our care and needs us to survive. Whereas grown Jesus calls us to a life of servanthood and sacrifice. And, were real life is found by abiding in Him.
Well, I did end up preaching a sermon called, “Why I Hate Christmas: Baby Jesus,” and it did ruffle some feathers. 🙂 It is one of my favorite and perhaps most controversial sermons. In the spirit of Christmas, I offer it up here as a gift for your listening pleasure.