Given by Rev. Madison Shockley December 8, 2019

On this second Sunday of Advent, we look at the heart of being a Christian, bearing fruit worthy of repentance. Our actions speak louder than mere words. At this time of year, we feel some sense of joyful buoyancy.  We want to spread joy to others but it does not matter what you say as long as you express it respectfully. We recognize the growing diversity of our world. Some are fighting to keep the traditional greeting while others seek a more inclusive greeting. Both seek to spread joy. This “war on Christmas” is really part of the bigger culture war that is going on currently.  Over the last 50 years, progressives seem to be winning this war. Conservatives feel like the passengers of Flight 93. If they do not do something drastic, their way of life will change forever. It is felt as a real loss. We must ask ourselves the same question. What does it mean for us? The answer is life itself. It is not enough to wish people “Merry Christmas.” Your actions are what count! Be “Merry Christmas”!