by James Merritt

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Series: Christmas Really?
James Merritt
Galatians 4:4


1. Andrew Fletcher, a Scottish politician who lived over 400 year ago said something that is as true today as it was then. He said, ''Let me write the songs of a nation - I don't care who writes its laws.'' He was on to something, because perhaps never before in history has music been more of a force to move a nation, change a nation, motivate a nation, and reflect where a nation truly is than its music.

2. I can give you a classic example because of the time of year we are in right now. Billboard Magazine released the top Christmas songs of 2013. These were the most popular songs, by demand, of all the Christmas songs that would be sung and heard throughout 2013. I'm going to start with #10 and take you to #1. (Show one at a time)
#10 - Holly Jolly Christmas
#9 - Feliz Navidad
#8 - Underneath The Tree
#7 - White Christmas
#6 - Little Drummer Boy
#5 - Jingle Bell Rock
#4 - Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
#3 - The Christmas Song
#2 - Do You Want To Build A Snowman?
#1 - All I Want For Christmas Is You

3. If someone came to our country and was not familiar with Christmas, just listening to the music, they certainly wouldn't get the idea that this holiday had anything to do with a little baby boy, named Jesus, born 2000 years ago. In case you are wondering the first time a spiritual Christmas song made the list was #27 - Silent Night and another one didn't make the list until #53 - Do You Hear What I Hear?

4. Go to any neighborhood and you will see more Santas, reindeers, snowmen, and sleighs than you will anything about Jesus. In fact, a survey taken just last year shows now that fully one-half of all Americans celebrate Christmas not as a religious holiday, but more as a secular holiday. When children across America go to bed on Christmas Eve night the vast majority of them are thinking a lot more about Santa and the North Pole than they ...

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