When God Came to the BBC
The real story of the incarnation will blow your mind—and set you free.
"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and they will call him Immanuel, which means God with us."
Dorothy Sayers is known today by mystery lovers as the creator of the Lord Peter Wimsey detective novels. They're still in print seventy years after she wrote them and hailed by critics as among the best in the genre. But what won her fame and infamy during her lifetime was a series of radio dramas, "The Man Born to be King." A series of twelve plays that she wrote about the life of Christ from birth to resurrection which generated thousands of letters of protest to the British Broadcasting Corporation. Full page ads were taken out in the paper criticizing Sayers work. It was even debated in Parliament. Why? What was the big controversy? What was so upsetting about Jesus on the airwaves? Well, if I told you that this controversy was generated this year in the United States you would probably figure that it had something to do with the separation of church and state—keeping God out of the public square.
A few years ago a Fort Worth newspaper included a review of the Rockettes Christmas special. The writer/reviewer was highly offended that Santa Claus had to share the stage with Jesus and a manger. This is what he wrote:
For the first hour and forty minutes the big budget review succeeds in entertaining and building holiday spirit. And then the tone changes rapidly. A recreation of the biblical Christmas story completely with live animals, wise men, and shepherds drags on for a good twenty minutes. An ominous voice narrates the entire story beginning with Isaiah's Old Testament prophecy with such seriousness that it turns preachy and overbearing. You almost expect the narrator to tell the Easter ...
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Ken Langley is pastor of Christ Community Church in Zion, Illinois.