Sin is Real. And so is Hope.
Advent is a shock to our system in America: Normally for Americans, this time of year involves one frenzied celebration after another: Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Office parties, school parties, etc. On top of all the celebrating, there is considerable work to be done. But for Christians, this time of year has been historically a somber one. During Advent, we face the existential ache that every thinking human being ought to face, and we turn again, to be near to the God who made us for Himself.
Advent has never been more relevant than today. Lurking under all our celebrations this time of year, we see the heavier realities Advent brings to us: At Thanksgiving, we all dabbled in gluttony. On Black Friday, we embraced materialism. (Or if we stayed home, perhaps we were filled with smug superiority or pride.) In close contact with our family, the old self rears its ugly head yet again! And on the news, we see freeways blocked, riots in Ferguson, and demonstrations all over the country…
Occasionally, we need a wake up call. This is part of what Advent is: it is a wake up call. And this is today's wake up call: sin is killing us and there is only one hope for us
Posted on Tue, December 2, 2014
by Tom Bost