I have finally gotten around to downloading some of my Christmas photos off my blackberry. Here’s some shots from the Hillsong Christmas Spectacular.
The backstory is that my sister in law, who attends Hillsong, bought my kids a couple of tickets for their version of a Christmas pageant. While we were waiting for the show to start (yes, i say show quite deliberately) we hung out in the grounds where a temporary fairground had been erected. This doesn’t show even a fraction of it, the rides and stalls were sprawled out over the entire complex, but hopefully it conveys some of the scale.
Now, as you probably gather I was left with mixed feelings. The event was very professional, very entertaining and no doubt attracted many people who might not otherwise bother with Jesus over Christmas. So I want to give credit where it is due. But it was precisely the entertainment angle that left me somewhat uneasy. Are we trying to create audiences? Not that I’m about to cast the first stone, I know I’ve aimed to entertain at times myself. But what should we aspire too? Were popular expectations always entertained by Jesus?