I’ve been listening to James Taylor for a very long time. I can’t say I know a lot about him, but I do love his music. Now and then he writes a song that has lyrics which – at least to me – have inherent Christian meaning, but I can’t say I ‘ve ever known him to be a Christian.
And yet, here he is, in the attached Video, singing these words:
Go tell it on the mountain,
over the hills and everywhere,
Go tell it on the mountain
that Jesus Christ is born.
This carol, and others with blatantly Christian lyrics are featured on Taylor’s Christmas album, which is one of my favorites.
I think it’s just really cool to hear artists from whom I have never heard an expression of faith express the faith! Whether James is a believer in Jesus or not, here he is proclaiming the gospel – and better yet on this tune – telling us to do the same. That’s one of the greatest things about this season: pretty much everywhere you go, if you listen to the music in that place, you will hear songs about Jesus.
For me, in a world that is increasingly hostile toward the gospel of Jesus Christ, to have full “permission” to boldly speak and display our faith for at least one month each year is an opportunity I have decided to embrace and take advantage of. The picture in today’s post is the front of my house. I’ve chosen to decorate with one simple flag and some spotlights that stay on all night long. The flag says: Our Savior Is Born.
How are you telling it – on the mountain or anywhere, especially in front of your own home this season? Reindeer and Santa? Penguins and other arctic creatures? Nothing but little white lights?
Let me challenge you to take full advantage of the opportunity we have to make a bold proclamation of the glory of God and the gospel of Jesus this year.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket,
but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.
(Matthew 5:14-15 ESV)