After Christmas two years ago, I decided that during December of 2013 I would read Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol to my family. Somehow at age 41 I had never actually read the story, though I have enjoyed numerous television and movie takes at the classic Christmas story. My favorite is still the 1980's George C. Scott Ebenezer Scrooge.
Dickens' written tale is, perhaps surprisingly, a blatant Christian story. It is a story of a conversion to a Christian worldview (though not as blatant as an evangelical gospel tract). Of course, our modern Hollywood and Disney takes on the conversion of Ebenezer leave out the Christian details, but it is obvious nonetheless in the book! Here Jacob Marley's lamentation of having a selfish heart when he lived as a human . . .