I wish there was an online version of Southern Cross I could link to – the lead article by Judy Adamson in this month’s issue about Christmas celebrations is really great. Good stuff for me to think about in these final few days before our Wild Carols event on Sunday night (and another one in Canterbury that Lachy, Tim and I are involved with on Saturday).
Archie Poulos has articulated what I’m aiming for with Wild Carols this year:
Archie Poulos says it’s important for Christians to stop thinking that everyone in the community understands the meaning of Christmas.
“If you asked a group of people in their 20s or 30s what Christmas was about there’d be a religious element to it, but exactly what it is doesn’t matter because it’s about a ‘vibe’, not truth,” he says.
In exactly the same way, he adds, people with no faith at all can cry at a carols service because they’re not responding to “the truth of God become man, they’re responding to a notion – a vibe of something”.
“For them [Jesus is] a part of a story like Santa is a part of a story – like the emotion I feel when I get together with my family is part of the story. So what our task has got to be is not to mock and dismiss these other elements but to shine the light on the part of the story that actually makes the story. Put the spotlight on that, show why that’s the most important thing and give people a framework through which they can understand more of what’s happening.”
I hope we can shine the light on Jesus for people this weekend. Come along to the Canterbury Church Plant on Saturday at 7:30, or Wild Street on Sunday at 6:30 – we should have lots of fun!