A few years ago when I was a youth pastor, I went to a youth specialties conference in San Diego. The keynote speaker was Mike Yaconelli (now passed on). He was great, I absolutely loved his charisma and style and what he had to say, plus he was pretty much a living legend. But, he shared an illustration with the crowd that went something like this:
“I had a guy in my church who really wanted to sing for Christmas – he said he had prepared this song and really wanted to share it with the church. So I let this guy sing and this is the recording of the performance…”. Where he played the horrible version of “O Holy Night” that has been passed around the internet for the past few years. This would have been towards the beginning of the phenomenon. And I was vaguely familiar with it because my brother had sent it to me. And I thought, wow that’s pretty interesting that it was at Steve’s church. Was I just being gullible, I don’t know. But apparently Fred got to the bottom of the whole thing and Steve’s story was just a tall tale, which I totally get, yet it makes me feel a little weird.