Christians carry around much of their theology within the songs that we sing. That is why the content of our church music is so important. You may forget that sermon twenty years later, but the songs we sing have far greater temporal reach.
Consider the great themes of the classic Christmas hymn “O Holy Night”, and what kind of implications this must certainly have upon a Christian’s political stance.
“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.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we,
His power and glory ever more proclaim!”
Imagine what Christians would look like if we were to truly believe these things:
His law is love, and His gospel is peace. Are we peacemakers? Do we reflect the love of Christ?
And in his name all oppression shall cease. Perhaps if we did believe in peacemaking, we’d actually be the catalyst for stopping aggression.
We ought to stop and think about those special lyrics every once in a while. This Christmas season, I hope we all reflect on our own place in God’s great work redeeming the world through the Christmas music we sing.