Black Friday…I’m not buying it this year. You do realize, it’s all a conspiracy to make us think that we must buy earlier, buy more, and have everything. Here’s the bad part, the plan is working. Because of Black Friday, many of us don’t mind asking for the big box items anymore. After all they could get it at _______________(fill in the blank with whatever store's ad).
Here’s an idea…let’s turn the conspiracy on it’s head. I mean really turn it upside down. Let’s take the fervor of $450 billion being spent in our nation this Christmas and give a portion to the kingdom of God. Forget the extra sweater for Aunt Sally. Forget buying everything on the Christmas list. You might even forget that you wanted that big box item. Imagine what you could do with that $35 you were going to spend on Aunt Sally (that will only get placed at the back of the closet anyway) or that one extra $50 toy that will be at the bottom of the toy box this time next year. Let’s imagine…
Hey, here’s a thought, this Christmas why not give something to Jesus? I mean, it is His birthday, right? What if we could really give Him something this year? Something that would truly give Him joy?
As I have thought about what’s going on in our world and with our economy this last year, I have thought how incredible it would be to really make a difference instead of continuing to buy in to the conspiracy of commercialism that Christmas has become. I can tell you, I’m not going out on a limb to say that punching each other out to get the cheapest TV is not Christ-honoring. I would go so far to say it goes against everything we believe as Christians. Maybe Christmas is something more than this…
So, let’s start a conspiracy. Let’s make it a conspiracy to undermine the commercialism that our entire CHRISTmas celebration has become. Let’s call it “The Advent Conspiracy” and do something huge for the kingdom of God this year. Here’s what you can do this year: at Oceanside Church, we will be receiving a one time Christmas Offering on Christmas day. What an opportunity! Give Jesus a gift, for His Kingdom on Christmas Day! After all, isn’t Christmas all about giving? to Christ? Isn’t that what our excuse is for the plunge into avarice this time of the year? The wise men brought Jesus gold. frankincense, and myrrh. Let's read this once more:
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented UNTO HIM (caps mine) gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:11 (KJV)
It’s now our time…our opportunity to make a difference for eternity for Jesus and His kingdom. Will you join me in this Advent Conspiracy?
Giving to Jesus and His Kingdom,
Pastor Trey Rhodes
For the info on our upcoming Christmas events:
Adult Christmas party, December 4
Candlelight Christmas Service, December 18
The Christmas Offering, December 25
New Years Party, December 31