“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” – Luke 2:11
In an attempt to make Christmas an all-inclusive holiday, Whitehall Primary School in Chingford, East London, has changed the lyrics of “Away in a Manger,” replacing the phrase “Lord, Jesus” with “little boy Jesus.”
The decision to alter the lyrics for the school’s Christmas program was so that “all pupils can participate in the celebration,” according to Headteacher Zakia Khatun.
The new rendition of “Away in a Manger” would be sung as follows:
Away in a manger, no crib for His bed;
The little boy Jesus laid down His sweet head;
The stars in the sky looked down where He lay;
The little boy Jesus asleep on the hay.
The revised version of the song has already been sung during a nativity celebration for infants—an event that parents weren’t invited to attend—and this didn’t sit well with many of them.
One mother voiced her opinion quite emphatically saying, “If he was just a baby boy named Jesus, there wouldn’t be a celebration in the first place. He is our Lord and Saviour and King of all Kings—that’s the whole point.”
Another woman, known only as Margarita, added, “Teachers and other parents are not happy about this. I believe my children have been discriminated against and they have been denied the freedom to fully express their faith.”
A representative of Whitehall Primary School expressed that the school is a “community school serving children from a range of faith backgrounds” and that it upholds British values of “tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.”
Headteacher Khatun also mentioned that approximately 60 of the school’s 500 students did not participate in last year’s program due to their religious beliefs:
“In the past, not all were able to come together to celebrate Christmas, so we have worked hard with our local church to ensure the celebrations this year are accessible to all our children to participate in, together, as one.”
The great apologist and author C.S. Lewis put it this way: “Jesus is either a liar, a lunatic, or Lord.” This popular “trilemma” was used to validate the divinity of Jesus among the critics of his day. As the Scriptures demonstrate, Jesus spoke the truth and was completely sane, so therefore he must be Lord!
Luke 2:11 also confirms that the baby Jesus was declared “Christ the Lord” by the heavenly angels—messengers of God Himself. Although Christians know that removing the word “Lord” doesn’t make it untrue, the issue resides in the agenda to be inclusive by altering a profound Christian foundation for the sake of those that don’t believe.
“If parents do not wish their children to participate in a Christian nativity play and any accompanying worship,” Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali said, “they should be able to opt-out and the school should provide an alternate activity for such children, but basic Christian teaching should not be changed just to accommodate everybody.”