Archive | December, 2011

O Holy Night

24 Dec

So I know I usually use this blog for general hilarity and the occasional social justice rant, but as I was wrapping some gifts just now and listening to “O Holy Night,” I was struck by some beautiful words and a very powerful thought.

These days, I’m much more into the idea of “family” as the reason for the season than going and sitting at a candlelight service, and I admittedly have not joined a church here in Raleigh. My spiritual journey has become more about me working on myself on my own than rather than congregating with a group of people. I have a lot of issues with things that are taught in “the church” and haven’t found a place where I feel like I can wholly commit to the teachings as of yet. And I’m not entirely sure that I will. And I’m okay with that.

However, I am continually struck by the teachings of Jesus. I don’t claim to be perfect or to even believe in all of the stereotypical “Bible” teachings, but he had some awesome things to say about the world and how people should act.

Back to “O Holy Night.” It’s one of my all time favorite Christmas songs, hymns, etc. In general, I just think it’s badass. But here’s something that gets overlooked a lot that I’d like to bring to the attention of my 4 faithful readers. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Have you listened to the 3rd verse lately? If you haven’t- here’s a refresher:

Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother.
And in his name all oppression shall cease.

I think this is the most powerful verse in any Christmas song. It outlines both what I loveย about the teachings of Jesus and what I find incredibly wrongย with “Christianity” today.

In his name all oppression shall cease.

That is HUGE.

I mean, really. ALL oppression. All of it.

If we all lived that way, how much better would the world be?

 

We’d stop judging people for their “lifestyles” and how they’re different from our own. We’d be able to have relationships with people who are different and not feel the necessity to pass judgment on their decisions. We’d all be able to live in harmony, knowing that we’re all worthwhile and no one has some “better” or “right” way to connect with their version of God.

 

The world would be more peaceful and a happier place to be.

 

Like I said, I don’t claim to be perfect- ย but every time I hear this song, I’m compelled to be kinder, more tolerant, more open, and more loving to those around me.

 

And isn’t that what Jesus is all about?

 

Merry Christmas, everyone.

 

Peace and love to all.

 

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