KOST 103.5 claims to be “the best way to spend the holidays,” playing ’round the clock Christmas music to make us feel good for the season. But in its attempt to capture the spirit of Christmas, the station has evacuated the holiday of everything it truly celebrates: Jesus is essentially absent from the playlist.
I didn’t say completely absent — I’m glad to see on KOST’s playlist that “Joy to the World” still makes the queue once in a while, but for a holiday that commemorates the birth of the Messiah, the discrepancy is sickening.
What do I expect? Our American society tries its hardest to cast out Jesus, and naturally our radio stations follow suit. Biblical Christianity and those who uphold it are sidelined, but it’s no surprise since Jesus said, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:18, 19, ESV). People hate the gospel of Jesus Christ, because deep down inside they know it’s true, and since it’s true, they’re accountable to God for their sin.
But accountability is only the beginning of the story. Yes, we are guilty as charged, but the very God whose law we broke sent His only beloved Son to take the full consequences for our sins instead of us. He became a man in order to die — and He died so we could live forever with Him in heaven.
So keep on singing those old, forgotten Christmas carols — they’re full of good news of salvation for “poor lowly people,” for wretched sinners in need of a Savior. Don’t leave Christ out of Christmas — you do and you reject the only hope you have.