This Advent, let us remember just what we are waiting for.
It's not so much that we've ruined Christmas as that we've let Christmas ruin Christianity. Our skewed understanding of gifts has led to a skewed understanding of spiritual gifts, and so of Christianity.
We know, in the abstract, that we might be wrong — we just never think we're wrong in the here and now. But what if the space of being-wrong is precisely the space Christians — as redeemed sinners — are called to inhabit?
Dress codes may be a band-aid that is needed for our current sexually wounded society, but we can't think that bandaging the wound is the same thing as treating the disease.
To be human is to be the middle pole in the God-human-creation relationship. And God has asked us, not merely to reflect God's love back to God, but to be the part of creation through which God's love can be refracted into all the different parts of creation.
Maybe the truth of Christianity is proven, not when our ideas perfectly capture how the world is, but first and foremost by our God working in and through us, helping us become what we (truly) are: image bearers of the one true God.