President Barack Obama is being accused of ignoring the true meaning of Christmas during a brief appearance on Monday night’s “It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown,” an ABC special commemorating the popular holiday classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
Both Barack and Michelle Obama briefly spoke about their love for the Christmas show, specifically referencing the famous scene in which character Linus Van Pelt recites Luke 2:8-14 in an effort to communicate the true meaning of Christmas to Charlie Brown.
It was their characterization, though, of what Christmas is really all about that seemingly didn’t sit too well with Christian Post reporter Napp Nazworth, who accused Obama of forgetting that Linus proclaimed that “Jesus is [the] true meaning of Christmas” in his memorable speech.
He pointed out that the Obamas failed to mention Jesus or the biblical narrative presented in the scene.
“We want to wish a happy 50th anniversary to one of our country’s most beloved traditions, ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas,” President Obama said.
Michelle Obama followed that up by noting that the beloved characters in the holiday special have helped bring people together for a half century to “teach us the true meaning of Christmas.”
“They teach us that tiny trees just need a little love and that on this holiday we celebrate peace on Earth and good will toward all,” President Obama continued, with Michelle Obama adding, “Because — as Linus knows — that’s what Christmas is all about.”
Nazworth pointed out that the president and first lady didn’t note the fact that Christmas is specifically about Jesus’ birthday.
“The Luke passage and Linus speech does mention ‘peace on Earth and good will toward men,'” he wrote. “But that passage is not the answer to the question of the true meaning of Christmas.”
The reporter went on to provide a transcript from the Linus scene in which Charlie Brown says he really doesn’t “know what Christmas is all about” amid frustration over his tiny tree.
That’s when Linus responds by reciting Luke 2:8-14, concluding with, “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
Watch the scene below:
Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz intentionally placed the Christian verses in the show, according to Lee Mendelson, executive producer of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
“”He said, ‘If we’re going to do a Christmas special, we’ve really got to do it the right way and talk about what Christmas is all about,'” Mendelson told USA Today. “[Director] Bill [Melendez] and I looked at each other, and I said, ‘There’s never been any animation that I know of from the Bible. It’s kind of risky.’ Then Mr. Schulz said, ‘Well, if we don’t do it, who will?'”
Read Nazworth’s piece here. What do you think? Did the Obama’s leave out the real meaning of Christmas? Let us know your thoughts below.
(H/T: Christian Post)
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