Subverting Political Powers through the Power of Advent

Advent, rather than offering an immediate solution to the unique challenges of our day, invites us to a faith-filled act of waiting for the consolation of Israel. The Christian faith is neither forceful nor is it utopian in its promise for a better future. Yet through an invitation to follow the Suffering-Servant, we tread the well-worn path of faith that looks forward in hope. This path avoids the power wielding, ear-splitting of enemies, while also being weary of an other-worldly, merely heavenly minded faith that is of no earthly good. Through patient endurance, courageous public engagement, love-of-enemies, and fruit-bearing lives, we bring the realities of the kingdom into war-tone areas, corrupt political regimes, and ecological crises. Rather than an idealistic season of rituals, the advent season offers meaningful hope to face life with all its realities.

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Cover Image: “Navidad 2016” by Walter Chávez is licensed under the Unsplash License.

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