Christmas is four days away. We are currently in the Advent season which is, as I am learning, all about the anticipation of what is to come. In simplest terms, it is about symbolically anticipating the change that Christ is bringing to the world at the time of His birth. In a larger view, Advent is about anticipating the Second Coming of Christ. Our minister made mention prior to his sermon last Sunday that Advent originates from a Latin term (though it escapes me now) that refers to the Second Coming. I would like to focus for a moment on the anticipation of the change that Christ brought at his birth. My understanding, with little scholarly study, is that Christ came to lead all humans away from sin so that we might be reconciled to God through his death. The main idea being that we are all sinners and are unable to enter into God’s presence without being cleansed of those sins.
Christians seem to come in a number of different flavors these days, due to a number of interpretations of Biblical scripture. I have called myself a Christian at other times of my life, but now don’t feel comfortable doing so because I am still on a path of coming to understand the message of Christ and what being a Christian truly means. However, there two points from Christ’s message that I clearly understand to be the cornerstone of His ministry: love your neighbor as yourself and leave the judgment of the sins of others to Him and his Father, God. Continue reading