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Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World? Kindle Edition
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They explain, "we decided to try an experiment: What if, instead of acting like bystanders to the nativity, we led our congregations INTO the nativity story as participants? We didn't know what to expect, but we knew we needed to reclaim the story of Christmas, the foundational narrative of the church. As we strove to see the birth of Christ from inside the stable instead of inside the mall, our holiday practices began to change." (Pg. 11)
They assert, "It is now clear that the primary threat to true Christianity in America is consumerism---not liberalism, fundamentalism, Darwinism, secularism, or any other -ism that happens to achieve some level of influence and power." (Pg. 22)
They admit, "One of the common fears people have about the Advent Conspiracy is what their relatives might think, do, feel, or say. Quite honestly in this day and time, it does sound crazy at first to spend less, to give more, and to use our holiday money to love our brothers and sisters around the world... Like Joseph, when we act in obedience to God's invitation---despite the social cost---we help God's will be done on earth as it is in heaven." (Pg. 41)
They observe, "Christmas is a season of excess. It is difficult to walk against the crowd that seems to want nothing more than to 'eat, drink, and be merry.' Spending less requires us to plan, research, and cultivate relationships---pursuits that are more taxing than flipping through the latest catalog or bingeing at the mall. However, as we choose to go against the cultural flow, it is important to remember that spending less on Christmas presents doesn't mean we love our friends and family any less. In fact, we will often find that those to whom we give creative, personal gifts will see our love--and perhaps God's---more clearly than ever before." (Pg. 50-51)
This book will be of great interest to Christians wanting to "get more out of" the holiday season.
Here's a brief synopsis of the book:
1. Keep the Christ in Christmas - don't get swept off by the commercialism of Santa Claus and Such
2. Give Generously to The Poor & Needy - GLOBALLY to show the world the love of Jesus
3. Call this Renewal of Right Thinking "The Advent Conspiracy"
4. Be an Advocate for Change Toward These Ideals
5. The Kind of Giving We Do Now is Selfish Because We Do it to Get Something Back or to Get a Certain Feeling
I found it kind of dull and pedantic, but if the ideas are new to you, then you might like it more. I've always tried to: keep Christmas about Christ, not overspend and "overgift" my children, and give generously to charity during the Christmas Season. I don't share the idea that our focus on charity should primarily be third world countries... I wouldn't want to be told that Jesus was a stranger who knocked on my door and I wouldn't let Him in, or He was hungry and I wouldn't give Him something to eat... I think the Bible teaches to help those within our reach first. And of course much of the money and things sent overseas never make it to the ones who need help. I wish it weren't true, but warlords and terrorists have no compunction about stealing what we give out of the mouths of babes and the innocent.