In the Name of the Holy Trinity. Amen.
Since the week before Thanksgiving, Moody Radio has been broadcasting Christmas songs. While this is not necessarily out of place (especially considering the fact that most secular radio stations start broadcasting Christmas songs on November 1st) it leaves one to wonder why there is not an equal balance of Advent songs–even though Advent does not begin until this Sunday. For every “Silent Night,” there should be an “Oh, Come, Oh, Come, Emanuel,” a “Prepare the Royal Highway,” or a “The Angel Gabriel.” After all, why skip over a season that is supposed to prepare the Christian for the holiness and festivities of Christmas?
Even more alarming is the amount of secular Christmas songs on Moody Radio. Since Moody began broadcasting Christmas songs, it has been surprising how many un-Christian Christmas songs (quite an oxymoron) have been playing. On any given time of the day, one can hear songs like “I’ll be home for Christmas,” “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays,” or the first song this examiner heard, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Yesterday morning, one could even hear “Jingle Bells”–by Michael W. Smith!
Maybe this examiner is being overzealous, but people listen to Moody’s music to get away from the pop celebration of sacred holidays and misplaced values. What does “Ill Be Home for Christmas” have to do with the birth of Christ to save the world from itself? What does “Jingle Bells” have to do with the Virgin Mary being visited by an angel and then submit to God’s will? People can get secular music on any other station; they tune into Moody for Christian inspiration and teaching. With these songs, what are they learning about Christmas that they can learn from an atheist? Even people of other religions celebrate Christmas, but for them, it is just a cultural family holiday. For Christians, it is so much more.
It would be interesting to discover Moody Radio’s motives. Do they really think they can get more listeners by selling out their purpose as a Christian radio station by mixing sacred music with secular? If so, they are sadly misled and need to re-examine their purpose as a radio station. As disappointing as Moody’s fall from grace is, this examiner will continue to tune in, as Moody still has much to offer to the faithful. Regardless, it is important for them to understand that every song they broadcast is a part of their ministry. It is a mini-sermon and a double-prayer. If they intend to remain a Christian radio station, it is vital for them to offer purely Christian messages. There are so many confused Christians and seekers in this country; why confuse them further with mixed messages?