In 2006 five pastors in the Unites States banded together to begin a movement called “The Advent Conspiracy”. It was birthed out of a concern that the Christmas story of love, hope, peace and joy had been hijacked by the story of consumerism, stress and debt. The solution was to invite their churches to pursue a counter cultural response to Christmas.
Their idea was that we should worship fully, spend less, give more and love all.
This is a season that is about Jesus, and as such we should seek to fully and unapologetically worship Him.
This is not about being scrooge, but being sensible. Often the pressure to buy more and bigger each season puts exceptional stress on families and individuals who go into credit card debt over this season. This robs us of the joy that should be experienced this time of year. So spend less.
This seems the exact opposite of spend less. This is an invitation to consider how we could make different choices with our time, talent and resources this year. Give to others in need. Give your time to others. Choose gifts that don’t just give people more stuff, but build into their lives and relationships.
This season, perhaps more than any other is one which invites us to bless others. It could be giving to charity, supporting a cause, or contributing goods to our food hamper drive. It is a reminder that we should be outward, not inward focused this time of year.
Are you, like the five pastors who got together in 2006 a little tired of the consumer Christmas story? As you make choices this Christmas season, what story do you want to tell?