Let’s Focus on the True Meaning of the Season
I was listening to the radio today and caught an end of a segment talking about A Charlie Brown Christmas. They were talking about how the folks at CBS wanted to change some things before airing it. Among the things they wanted to change was the scene where Linus recites the passage in the Gospel of Luke concerning the birth of Christ.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, 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, good will toward men.
The network execs didn’t thing America would want to hear a recitation from the King James Bible. Despite all the problems CBS had with A Charlie Brown Christmas…at the end of the day, over 50% of TV’s in America were watching when the Christmas special aired!
A big reason the special aired the way it did was because of Charles Schulz, the creator of Peanuts, insistence that they not change anything, including the reading from Luke’s Gospel.
Charles Schulz said, “If we don’t tell the true meaning of Christmas, who will?”
Our goal as photographers is to do the same through our images. As the Christmas season has officially begun, we want to remind folks that Christ came that we all might have life…life to the fullest! (John 10:10)