Tuesday, December 16, 2008

It Was Not a Silent Night

I came across this powerful and wonderful song from Andrew Peterson on my son's blog. Below are his insightful comments.

"All is calm, all is bright"? I don't think so.
Some of the most beloved Christmas carols totally misrepresent the truth that Jesus, though fully God, was also fully man, and was born a real baby. "Silent Night" would have us believe that a teenage girl giving birth to a baby in the middle of the night in a stable was a situation in which all was "calm" and "bright". Unlike most babies, we're told that the baby Jesus was "tender and mild", and that radiant beams shown from His holy face. According to "Away in a Manger", the baby Jesus slept peacefully in the hay, and when the lowing of the cattle awoke Him, "no crying He makes".

I think Andrew Peterson's song is a bit more accurate: