The beloved Christmas song “Go Tell it on the Mountain” was originally an African-American spiritual compiled by John Wesley Work, Jr. in 1865. I’ve always loved the lyrics, but this year, the message of the song has especially filled my heart with joy. The words implore us to take the story of Christ’s birth and carry it far and wide. We are to climb to the top of the highest mountains, walk over the steepest of hills, and spread His love everywhere.
Christmas has always been about spreading the news of Christ’s birth, but this Christmas has been different than ever before. We are going through a crucial time in our country. Every day we see more and more division; lines are drawn, and we are being asked to pick a side. Schools and businesses are pushing Jesus out the front door, and it’s heart-breaking to witness.
The birth of our country forged us as “One Nation Under God,” and since then our fore-fathers have fought valiantly to keep our rights to have freedom of religion and speech. I thank God for these men and women who have shed blood protecting our country, but when the conversation turns to taking God out of our public institutions, it’s common sense to know that when you remove one thing, there’s alway another waiting to take its place. Try as they might though, there’s simply no substitute for Him. The enemy has been trying for centuries to fill His spot with no success. The great deceiver is intent on making us believe we are better off keeping Christ contained inside our homes and out of the world.
As Christians, we need to reevaluate our position. I think we have come to the point where we see the line on the ground, and now must decide if we are going to stand tall for what we believe in, or cross it in order to make others happy.
I want you to know that I’m not sure of the best or right way to make those choices; I’m just an ordinary, imperfect person who is trying to give you a better glimpse of God and yourself. He has given me a voice, and as I use it today, my prayer is that you would remember the true meaning of Christmas; the ability to tell the world about Jesus. That’s going to look different for each of us. We don’t have to be a Sunday school teacher, preacher, singer, poet, or author. We just have to be willing to tell someone, whether that be with our voice, or in the way we live our lives.
One day every knee on earth will have to bow down before our Creator, so while I still draw breath I plan to praise Him from my knees right now. I will tell it on the mountain by using this writing platform that He has so graciously continued to give me.
My advice to you today is, “Do not sit still. Don’t wait until every trace of God has been removed from our towns, our schools, and our nation. Don’t wait until our children no long know what it’s like to live one nation under God.
Go tell it on the mountain. Go tell someone you know right now. Go tell them that Jesus Christ is born.”
“Father, out of Your honorable and glorious riches, strengthen Your people. Fill their souls with the power of Your Spirit so that through faith the Anointed One will reside in their hearts. May love be the rich soil where their lives take root. May it be the bedrock where their lives are founded so that together with all of Your people they will have the power to understand that the love of the Anointed is infinitely long, wide, high, and deep, surpassing everything anyone previously experienced. God, may Your fullness flood through their entire beings.” Ephesians 3:16-19 Voice Bible
- Go Tell It on the Mountain, John Wesley Work, Jr. Public Domain
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