Saturday, December 4, 2010



Am I the only one who finds this song totally suspicious? Basically it's a Christmas song that talks about Mary being a teenage mother scared and unprepared for parenthood, but happy at the outcome. The moral of the story, of course: A baby changes everything, you will be happier as a teenage mother.

So, what the heck is this? A fundie pro-lifer attempt to get teens to avoid abortions? Yet the lyrics promote getting pregnant out of wedlock.

Yes, I know they eventually identify the family as the Holy Family, but the underlying message is clearly about teenage pregnancy being a great thing. They were illegal immigrants too. Will the fundie teabaggers be promoting illegal immigration too?


  1. It is awful to look at the story in the light that you are. This story is about the birth of Christ, our Lord and Savior who dies for YOU and I. Mary was unwed, but promised to Joseph, and that was because God chose her to be with child of the Holy Ghost before she was espoused to Joseph. They weren't "illegal immigrants" either, just a couple who moved from one town to another (if you choose to move from LA to Chicago, is it a crime?). They had to go back to their hometown to pay their taxes due to a new law that had been established stating that all people must return to their birthplace to pay taxes. Nobody was kicking them out of where they were living and they certainly were not in hiding or fearful of being caught there for any reason.
    I don't recall Faith Hill promoting teenage pregnancy in her song either. She is merely retelling the beautiful story of Mary's remarkable virgin birth to the baby Jesus. Whatever her political status, she is not implying that teenage immigrants should go out and have babies out of wedlock (which, by-the-way, does not sound remotely close to the Republican point-of-view anyway), she is saying that MARY was a teenager who was pregnant with the MESSIAH but always trusted God anyhow. So the underlying message here is, although Mary was young and scared of what was to become of her, God placed it in her and Joseph's hearts to carry and raise baby Jesus, son of God and Son of Man, because of her faith. We should not give up on faith when God faces us with a difficult challenge, but embrace it, pray through it, and love the Lord always. If you don't hear that message when you hear that song, then something is wrong. Christmas (CHRISTmas), is about the birth of our Lord and everything that encompasses it, not about Jingle bells, Frosty the Snowman, or Baby It's Cold Outside. The bells will one day stop their joyous music, the snowman melts in the end, and when the liquor wears off, the emotions that will surface will be ones of regret and heartbreak for not insisting that her boyfriend stop persuading her to sleep with him by using the lame excuse that it's too cold to go home. Please pray for your soul. If you have a skewed vision of Christmas, keep it to yourself, but please don't ruin it for us Christians who are trying to keep the hope of Jesus alive through moving songs as such. GOD BLESS YOU.

  2. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and comment.

    I'm wondering if you've ever read the bible? What scripture are you quoting when you say the holy family just moved to a different town, not a different country? And the purpose of their journey was to return to their homeland to pay taxes? They did not go to their hometown and their reason had nothing to do with taxes.

    Adults are not the only ones who hear songs on the radio. Teens and other children hear them too, and interpret the lyrics differently. There is a very clear story, "Mary was an unwed teen mother and she was really afraid but she decided to keep the baby and the baby changed everything for the good." If you've ever read the lyrics you will understand.

    I suppose it's much easier and cathartic to criticize me than to actually read the bible and the lyrics. You wouldn't want to consider facts that disconfirm your beliefs.

    There are other ways for Faith Hill to preach than to send that message. It's in bad taste, and that's my critique.

    It's really presumptuous and inappropriate for you to ask me to pray for myself. Saying "god bless you" is really rude of you.

    You claim I have a skewed vision of Christmas. What evidence do you have to support your assumption?

    You are asking me to keep it to myself. Absolutely not. No one is forcing you to read this blog.

    You say me voicing my concerns ruins Christmas for you. If your belief system and ability to enjoy a holiday is so fragile to be ruined by a blogger you don't even know, well that's on you.