My favorite Christmas Monologue comes from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Linus tells us “what Christmas is all about.”
If you watched the whole show, you would see that what Charlie Brown was really missing was feeling loved and accepted by those around him. He went to his mailbox and found no Christmas cards. He wasn’t invited to Christmas parties, and when he came back with his pitiful little Christmas tree, his schoolmates laughed at him and called him names. But Linus put it back into perspective with his little monologue posted above. It inspired a new hope in Charlie Brown. He went out into the night to decorate the little tree. But this time the crowd of friends followed. They saw Charlie Brown’s attempt to decorate the tree and took pity. They all pitched in and showed real love. The little tree and Charlie Brown were blessed by their act of love and friendship.
Our Sunday School class recently discussed 1 Corinthians 13. This is commonly called the “love” chapter. It sums up what Christ did in the incarnation and why he went to the cross to pay our price for the sin in our lives. As I look at our sin-broken world, I see the importance of Agape style of love in 1 Corinthians 13. In John 13:34-35, Jesus gave his disciples the command to love one another like he loved them. In fact, that was to be their distinguishing characteristic… LOVE.
Sadly, in too many churches, this is not the case. In too many of the lives of those who claim to know Christ as their Savior and Lord, we do not see Agape love described in 1 Corinthians 13. It is for this reason Christians are often lampooned as self-righteous and judgmental on television. It is the reason we are not successful in reaching the lost for Christ.
Imagine how the world would be impacted this Christmas if all who claimed a relationship with Christ, followed 1 Corinthians 13! Christians would impact the world in ways beyond belief. It was that kind of love that finally came upon old Ebenezer Scrooge and caused him to change his heart at Christmastime.