J. Gordon Duncan

Culture, Business, Fitness, Etc.

Service is Always Seasonal

Advent is the celebration of Jesus’ birth and an anticipatory rejoicing of His impending return. Transcending Christmas Trees, Jingle Bells, and the like, celebrating Advent is the rejoicing privilege of the believer in Christ because in it, they highlight the dawn of salvation as well as its culmination.

Presently, plenty of ink (or pixels I guess these days) is spilled discussing conspiracies and pagan origins of Christmas (a discussion I’ll leave for others to feel confident about). But much like Halloween becoming “National Candy Day”, Christmas has become “National Present Day” for most Americans.

Whereas participating in Halloween may just be too great of a leap for some believers to make, Christmas would appear to be much easier. The language of the holiday for better or worse in our day and age is the giving of gifts. Filling strangers stockings with trinkets from the Dollar Store out of obligation may work but those things don’t necessarily convey much care. However, the gift of service does.

Whether or not you feel that a Christmas Tree is inviting paganism into your home is really up to your personal convictions. However, this Advent season, instead of being obtuse or belligerent about the day’s origins, serve somebody in the name of Christ as a gift. It will go much further in celebrating the work of Christ than either giving a meaningless gift or refusing to give one at all.

Service is always seasonal.

This article also appears at the Raleigh Examiner. Read it there and help me earn a penny.


December 1, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

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