Praise the LORD!
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
For it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful.
12 Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem!
Praise your God, O Zion!
The Lord God calls you to worship Him this morning and we enter together into a time of High praise. It is good and pleasant to be here with you all.
Seasons Greetings, Happy Holidays. All of WalMart’s best to you and yours. The Friday after Thanksgiving was the beginning of shopping season. Your retailers are pleased that the majority of America, perhaps even the majority of the Church, marked their mental calendars in such a way as to announce this day as the beginning of the Holiday season. Well, let me say that Best Buy has its calendar and the Church has hers.
This is the first Sunday in Advent and the church begins its year today. This is the day of new beginnings, new Sabbaths, new worship, a new King promised to the world via a Virgin. This is the day of the New Adam, Jesus Christ. We are His new Creation, the song writer said, created by the water and the word.
I am sure that there will be voices raised in protest over this Christmas Season, when Target refuses to allow its employees to say Merry Christmas. I think the church should raise a stink about that, but if that is all we do then our goals are set too low. The church of Jesus Christ should be busy abolishing the calendar of Sam’s Club and reasserting the Lordship of Jesus Christ over the commercial enterprises that make up our economy.
Here is the best way to go about doing just that. Light an advent candle and tell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ in your homes. Take time every day from now ‘till Christmas to open your bible read about the newness of the Gospel and the promise of light and take that light out from your living room and share it with a cashier at Circuit City. Perhaps next year she will light her own candle and the kingdom will advance and she will defy the petty gods of commerce, embracing the Lord Jesus Christ as her own.