A Charlie Brown Christmas television special almost didn’t air 48 years ago. During the making of the animated classic, Peanuts comic strip creator Charles Schulz met with the show’s producer and lead animator. The two men disagreed with Schulz’s insistence to include a New Testament reading of the Christmas story. The passage from Luke was to be spoken by Peanuts character Linus Van Pelt in response to Charlie Brown’s lament, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?”
So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily.
The men insisted, “It’s very dangerous for us to start talking about religion now.” Schulz responded, “If we don’t, who will?” The scripture reading was retained and the half-hour special was the second-most watched show of the week when it debuted on December 9, 1965. It also won an Emmy and a Peabody award.
Romans 10:15 says, “And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’” Give the greatest gift to your family, friends and neighbors. Share the Good News of Jesus Christ! Pray also for opportunities for America’s local and national leaders to experience a personal relationship with God.
Recommended Reading: Romans 1:8-17