Sunday, 20 November 2011
For the last several years I have celebrated Christmas (and the entire Advent season) differently than I was raised to celebrate it. I've been a part of several communities of Christians that have asked why we approach Christmas the way we do, if it is good, and how we could possibly do it better for the sake of our worship to Christ Jesus and to our neighbor. Not everyone around me understands that I give less gifts than is expected or that I ask for less gifts than they intend to give. However, I believe it is not enough to celebrate the beginning of the gospel message, that God is with us, but that there are ways to celebrate that wondrous truth by living out the gospel. Some of us who have been engaging Christmas differently like to call our method Advent Conspiracy. It's marked by 4 core principles.
- Worship Fully.
- Spend Less.
- Give More.
- Love All.
Here is a short promo video for Advent Conspiracy:
There is also a short book you can buy (it's like $5) that is easy to read that gives a more in depth look at the journey of the AC founders and how you can start to engage the Advent season differently. Doing things the way we've been doing them simply because we've been doing them that way is not a solid reason to continue our patterns. We can celebrate the incarnation by being incarnational. We should celebrate the incarnation by being incarnational. As individuals and communities/churches I think we owe it to Christ to ask how we can do that. After all, we are to imitate Christ and be like him in this world.
Have you heard of Advent Conspiracy before? What do you think about this project? What incarnational activities do you use to celebrate the incarnation?