November 25, 2015

I consider it a grave sin to listen to Christmas music prior to Thanksgiving.  However, the link to Joy to the World by Pentatonix was a temptation that I could not resist.

I confess a degree of self-righteousness as I listened to Pentatonix’s performance.  I piously wondered if they really believed what they were singing.  Consider the lyrics:

Joy to The world! the Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let ev’ry heart prepare him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing

Joy to the world! the Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy

He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love
And wonders of His love
And wonder wonders of His love

I don’t know what the members of Pentatonix believe.  I hope they believe that the Savior, the King, the Lord has come.  I hope they believe that He rules the world with truth and grace and that their hearts have prepared room for Christ.

They may believe or it may just be a song that will make them money during the Christmas season.

My self-righteousness was confronted with my hypocrisy.  I wondered how many times that I have sung Joy to the World without meaning it; how many times has a worship song emanated from my lungs and not my heart; how many times have I nodded along with a secular song, glorifying vileness…and meant it.

This Christmas season there will be an array of motivations that will not glorify God.  We will get the opportunity to see them in the market and pew.  I suggest that before we rant against those who are missing the “reason for the season”, we check to be sure that we truly mean what is coming out of our own mouths.

May this Christmas season be a personal season of worship to the glory of God – it is a matter of infinite importance.

“The Great God values not the service of men, if the heart be not in it: The Lord sees and judges the heart; he has no regard to outward forms of worship, if there be no inward adoration, if no devout affection be employed therein. It is therefore a matter of infinite importance, to have the whole heart engaged steadfastly to God.”
Isaac Watts, (wrote Joy to the World in 1719)



  1. How can Christmas decorations and music be a stumbling block? It only BRINGS one to Christ!!! I have an annual giggle over people who have nothing to do with Jesus or Christianity, yet they celebrate His birth! No matter how you cut it, Santa, presents, fruitcake — it all represents Christmas – Jesus’ birth! God loves that everyone celebrates too!!! Hallelujah! And pass the eggnog!

    • Very true!

  2. Outstanding! 😍

  3. I watched a documentary on Netflix about Pentatonix and it showed them holding hands in a circle and praying before a concert.

    • Hey Karen – that is great to hear. I don’t know much about them but they sure can make some wonderful music with only the instrument of the voice.

  4. AMAZING video!!! Thanks!

    • PS. It is not a mortal sin to sing Christmas music at ANY time of the year!!! Why put limits on such a wonderful holyday??!! Every day is Christmas in my heart. Decorations start coming out on Nov. 1 and don’t entirely go away until Jan. 31.

      • Maybe not a mortal sin but the sin of putting a stumbling block in front of a weaker brother; one who suffers from CMAS (Christmas Music Annoyance Syndrome). My wife and daughter decorated the house yesterday with full Christmas Music play…I’m coping:)

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