Submitted by Rev. Dr. Don Longbottom, Conference Minister
Advent is upon us but what’s the point?
As I look out upon our world today, if I were God, there is much I would change. First, I would restore our environment to its majestic glory. Enough with threats of extinction. As Creator, I would replenish nature from habitat to creature. The largest earth creature known to have ever lived, the blue whale, is threatened…enough with that! The earth would be cooled and the oceans returned to proper limits. Iceland and the polar caps would stop melting and become what they once were.
Second, as entity in charge, I would soften the human heart, bridle the screaming tongues and gently open the ears of all. Humanity would finally understand the obvious. People are just people. It doesn’t matter where you live, how you look or who you love. We are all a mixture of virtue and vice creating a universal need for grace. We would love one another the way we love our children…without condition or limit.
Third, I would do away with war and the profitable and evil preparation for war. The sale of arms and weapons is a plague throughout the world. As this world’s leading marketer of weapons we will be judged by history in ways we cannot now imagine.
So what’s the point?
Advent is a time for dreaming into reality a better world for all. But we are “called” to be more than dreamers. We have been “called” into partnership with the architect of eternity. Our purpose is to faithfully live into God’s original intention. We are to be dreamers but also doers.
So this advent season, I challenge you in the name of the one who came to show us the way… to dream and to act. Dream heroic dreams and then act on the convictions that are birthed by your dreaming. Be the person God has created you to be.
Courage and virtue,