The Season of Advent leading up to Christmas began on Sunday. And I love that the first two weeks are not about the birth of the baby Messiah in Bethlehem, that is, Christ’s first advent. They focus instead on his Second Advent, that great day in the future when he returns and the only one who can fix the mess we’re in will fix the mess we’ve been in since Adam and Eve’s ill advised snack.

As Cyril, the fourth century bishop of Jerusalem wrote: “At the first coming he was wrapped in swaddling clothes in a manger. At his second coming he will be clothed in light as in a garment. In the first coming he endured the cross, despising the shame; in the second coming he will be in glory, escorted by an army of angels.”

It kind of puts sports and politics and just about everything else into perspective, doesn’t it?

James Tonkowich is a writer and scholar at The Institute on Religion & Democracy where his focus is the intersection between faith and the public square, where worldview makes all the difference in the world. Jim worked with Chuck Colson, managing his daily BreakPoint radio commentary, founding a magazine, writing, speaking, and developing curriculum including the Centurions Program. He is a regular contributor to and also works with The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, Oxford House Research, and other policy institutes. Learn more about Jim at

Publication date: December 4, 2013