Why Are Evangelical Christmas’ Shallow?

Derek Ouellette —  December 10, 2011

A friend named Rielly McLaren posted a question on the private Facebook forum, “Questions”, that I think is timely  and needs to be asked:

seeing that its Christmas time, may I hazard a Christmas question? I find most Christmas services at churches pretty irritating, quaint, shallow, and lack a connection with real life (be it the actually story of Jesus, or daily life 2000 years later). Why is that Christmas services are so lame? (I’m only speaking for evangelical churches – as I find liturgical churches pretty awesome this time of year)

I’m on my break at work and don’t have a lot of time to work this out, but in sum, here’s my answer:

Two words Rielly: Left Behindism. An escapism worldview mixed with a, “let’s get them to say a sinners prayer so they can go to heaven” approach to the faith is the reason. Does the Story of Jesus matter? Not from that perspective. What about real life cultural issues? Again, from that perspective, the only real life issues that matter are those that pertain to “the coming antiChristian and economic armaggeddon”. My two cents.

So, if anyone is interested, though my church is not liturgical, , tomorrow I’m preaching an Advent Message of “Hope” that will involve three elements: 1) Israel’s story ast he backdrop to 2) Jesus’s Story and 3) how our eschatological hope plays out in real life today. Ya’ll welcome to come. :)

It’s at the Devonwood Community Church of the Nazarene at 11:00 am.

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Derek Ouellette

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  • https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/A10ULJVWJGVUYD?ie=UTF8&%2AVersion%2A=1&%2Aentries%2A=0 Paul Bruggink

    Sounds like you’ve been reading Scot McKnight’s “The King Jesus Gospel.”

  • Tom Eggebeen

    At a “christian” college choir/orchestra Christmas concert, lots of talk about “this troubling and uncertain world,” and lots of talk about Jesus “dying for our sins,” and then “our hope of eternity” – concert closed with “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “God Bless America,” with folks standing, hands over their hearts (this is our new national anthem, of course). The music was great – a good mix of traditional and contemporary – but the “testimonies” left me flat – as if Jesus came ONLY to “save” us from this terrible world – lots of gray heads nodding. A terrible world, but let’s keep supporting America’s military machine while we look for heaven. Nothing said about Jesus and the Kingdom – nothing said about mission (other than saving folks for heaven). The testimonies and head-noddings were full of smugness – we’re saved and you’re not. All the good music in the world couldn’t make up for the Christmas shallowness.