Candace Cameron Bure caused quite the stir on social media with her ugly Christmas sweater selfie from last season. The sweater features Jesus throwing a peace sign up by Santa, and a lot of Christians were NOT happy about it:
Though at first glance, the sweater may seem to be featuring two opposing Christian symbols woven in blasphemous harmony, Candace explains that there’s so much more meaning behind those threads. She wrote:
This sweater is everything 🙏🏻❤️🎄 For all the naysayers- let me tell you what this sweater means to me: Christmas for most, is about Santa, the “holidays” presents and cheer… But for me, it’s Jesus. So while you may see this graphic as polar opposites or even blasphemy, I see this sweater as a bridge between commercialism and the real meaning of Christmas, that invites conversation. And if you know me at all, you know I engage in conversation. So, judge me as will. I take no offense because I know who and whose I am. Peace to you all.
Wow. How about THAT for bridging the secular and the sacred?!
Regardless of her explanation behind the meaning of her ugly sweater, she still received some serious flack from those disgruntled by the photo:
Still, there were others who came to her defense, as they saw past the sweater to the heart of the person wearing it…
When it comes right down to it, it is just a sweater. What’s important is that God sees us for who we are, not what we’re wearing.
Another commenter explained how there is a way we can find enjoyment in the holiday spirit of Santa, as long as we don’t miss out on the true meaning of the season in Jesus.
Though of course there can be a humorous take on the juxtaposition of Jesus and Santa, there’s also a more profound statement to be made of the nature of Christ and the meaning of Christmas.
Christ befriended the sinners and was always seeking the lost. There are many people in our world who don’t know Christ but who still love Christmas. They love the trees, the lights, the presents…and the Santas. So though they may not love Christmas for the right reason, it creates a common ground from which we can create “conversation.” And I think that’s what Bure was really trying to get at.
So what’s your take on the “sacrilegious” sweater? Is it blasphemy? A bridge between Christ and commercialism? Or just a gosh darn sweater for crying out loud?
We’d love to hear your thoughts!