When I was growing up in Canada in the ’60s, my folks had the ‘Peanuts’ comic strips from the news paper pinned on the cork board in the kitchen. We watched the seasonal specials as well as the other animated stories that came out.
It wasn’t until I became an adult, did I find out that Charles M. Schulz the creator of The Peanuts Gang, was a devout Christian.
Charles was raised in a Lutheran church, in the ’60s, he taught Sunday school in a Methodist church. On the Wikipedia site, his widow had said solid and honest things about her late husband, but this I feel could be said for everyone. He was humble and smart enough to admit it.
‘God was very important to him, but in a very deep way, in a very mysterious way.’
A Charlie Brown Christmas in 1965 finds the gang in the Nativity Play. Young Linus stands as a solitary figure in the spot light and quotes Luke 2:8-14 from the King James Bible. If that was cut out and it nearly was, then the special was not going to happen. He had full control over the content. Praise the Lord.
:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
:9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shon round about them: and they were sore afraid.
:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
:12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.
:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
:14 Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men.
This is where then the scene fades to continue with the rest of their little story. But it remains in scripture not for the purpose of the few, but for all that call on the LORD.
:19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;
:20 And having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
:16 For God so loved the world,that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
We will be caught up in the world, swept away at times with the overwhelming demands of social convention of the season. Tick lists to tick off the tick lists! And the family member that announce 20 minutes before the turkey is dragged out of the oven and the yorkshire pudding batter is dolloped in pork fat, that they have in fact turned vegetarian…(sorry Mum). I pray that at some point you can share or have quiet time for the family member that won’t be bothered what the food or the gifts are like. Just what sort of time you have getting the valuable visit in with Our Father.