Monday Ministerial Musings
By Rev. Mark William Ennis
2021 Blog Number 51
December 20, 2021
The Gospel of Hallmark Christmas Movies
“What do you have against Hallmark Movies and how do you even know what they are like?” I was asked by a woman who loves Hallmark Christmas Movies. She knows that I often criticize them. Well, here is my answer to her questions.
Yes, I have seen many Hallmark Christmas movies. While visiting my mother in the last weeks of her life, I heard her television broadcasting one movie after another. She loved that channel. I know a lot about these movies. What do I have against them? They are the opposite of the gospel of Jesus Christ, without whom there would be no Christmas.
The gospel of Hallmark instructs us that at the end of the movie, things will be magically fixed by the magic of Christmas. The nativity of Jesus tells us that at the end of the story there is still pain, not a magical fix, but God himself lives with you amidst these difficulties.
Hallmark movies focus on the love of humans for one another, without any mention of the love of God. I don’t believe that our love for one another can be separated from the love that God has for us and the love that we show to God. In the beginning of creation, the man and the woman are together, but God is also walking in fellowship with these two. The gospel of Hallmark does not mention God. This gospel believes that we can have love in its fullness without God’s presence. I believe that this is a false teaching.
The gospel of Hallmark is philosophically Humanist. It believes that human difficulties can be magically fixed by what people do. The Gospel of Christ teaches that humans are flawed. We will never know the full joy of life until we humble ourselves to God and live life with God. In short, Hallmark is Christmas without God. I think such a Christmas would leave a lot to be desired. I prefer the joy of a Christ-centered Christmas.
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