Chicken and Car Washes
Today I took our car to get a much needed wash and inside valet. It was pretty bad so I had no problem paying someone else to do the dirty work for me!
While I wait I often use the opportunity to pop into the next door shop for a coffee. It so happens to be a popular fried chicken take-away. As I approached the door this poster caught my attention.
My first reaction was anger. How dare they remove the faith content from a beautiful Christ-centred carol and make it all about greed and chicken!
However, as I drank my coffee the nagging feeling about this poster stayed with me. It changed from anger and frustration to a deep sense of awe and wonder. Here’s why:
Let’s remove the aim of the advert for a moment – forget it’s wanting you to buy a bucket of chicken. Now look at the words of the carol again – as they appear on the poster.
Oh Come All Ye – Oh come everyone! ALL OF YOU. Look at this sign. Let it make you hungry. Christmas is full of signs – stars, the gifts. Jesus himself is a sign – ‘Today in the City of David a Saviour has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord! And this will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger’ (Like 12:11-12).