Generally speaking I’m not big on most Christmas songs. A lot of them really have little to do with the biblical Christmas story. For many that’s not that bad – at least they’re consistent with Christianity even if not strictly biblical. Then there are others which are borderline heretical, like Away in a Manger’s line that Jesus didn’t cry, which to me is toying with Gnosticism’s denying that Jesus was fully human. Humans cry, and we even read that Jesus cried as an adult, so why not like every other baby?
Anyway, there’s one verse in one Christmas song that really stands out to me:
Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name