Hillsong London Just Ruined Christmas
Yesterday, I saw The Force Awakens. It put me in the Christmas spirit. I know, not a Christmas film. But the themes of family, joy, the light waging war against the darkness, all just put me in a good holiday mood.
But then I saw this monstrosity from Hillsong London, and Christmas is ruined:
A couple of days ago, I saw this SNL sketch making fun of Christmas Mass. So before I go all Rambo on Hillsong London, let me just say that there is a lot of truth in the SNL sketch. Traditional Christmas worship can be done quite badly, and we’ve all had worship experiences like the boring, overwrought mess that Pastor Pat is leading here.
But holy hell, that was fiction. Hillsong London actually turned Silent Night into a 1920’s Vegas showtune. I don’t even know the words. I thought Star Wars church was madness. This is just insane and inane and all kinds of words I shouldn’t use if I want to stay employed by the church.
There is a deeper lesson here as well. Form and content are not so easily separated as we often suppose. The content of Silent Night – SILENT IS IN THE NAME – speaks of a peaceful, holy scene. Is it a bit sentimental? Perhaps. Does it whitewash the stench and filth into which our Lord was born? Somewhat.
But Silent Night ripped out of a Scorcese Vegas flick? This is ever so much worse.
As I said recently, I don’t care how “successful” something like this is.
It’s a monstrosity.
Vegas Christmas might draw a crowd. But this isn’t worship. It’s a show. And it’s not even a good show.
Thanks for ruining Christmas, Hillsong London.
I look forward to your upcoming burlesque Good Friday service.