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The politically correct Handel’s Messiah, right here in my hometown:

Both an awe-inspiring holiday tradition and a memorable religious experience, Handel’s Messiah returns this holiday season. Guest conductor Christopher Seaman leads Houston’s premier performance of Handel’s choral masterwork, which includes the timeless Hallelujah Chorus.

Would it be so bad to actually say that the music’s title is about Jesus Christ and was written to honor him? Do we really have to go to such great lengths to avoid the word “Christmas?” As OpinionJournal says today:

Handel With Care
By and large we agree with those who prefer to call Christmas “Christmas,” rather than those who insist on the generic “holiday,” which is supposedly more palatable to Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Shintoists, Unitarians, Zoroastrians, Taoists, Sikhs, deists, pantheists, atheists, agnostics and adherents of the Baha’i faith, even though we fall into one of those 14 categories. But the effort to be sensitive to non-Christians can lead to some very funny results. If they really want to be sensitive to those who can’t stomach “Christmas,” shouldn’t they change the name of the work to, say, Handel’s “Dude”?

2 responses to “Hallelujah!”

  1. I would shudder to think that the man on the street doesn’t recognize “messiah” as Jesus Christ, or at least the role he fulfilled in Jewish history. Do you really think that this is the case?

    I think not. (But in the linked article, they did mention “Holiday” twice in close proximity, when “Christmas” would have done better.


  2. I hadn’t thought there might be an “ignorance” factor, too. Surely that can’t be right? That somebody would see the words “Handel’s Messiah” and have no idea what that meant?


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Michael, a sinner saved by grace, sharing what the good Lord has shared with me.

Solomon, in the book of Ecclesiastes, said, “I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”

If you’re not living for the glory of God, then what you’re doing is meaningless, no matter what it is. Living for God gives life meaning, and enjoying a “chasing after the wind” is a gift from God. I’m doing what I can to enjoy this gift daily.

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