Barth’s Advent Message

Karl Barth

On December 22, 1918, Karl Barth preached a sermon entitled “A Sermon for the Third Sunday in Advent,” proclaimed in an era when supposedly Christian Europeans draped flags over their Bibles and traded their faith for nationalism. Millions were gassed, burned, and shot. The full sermon can be found at the Theology Forum, but the following paragraph seems especially appropriate now:

The message of Advent about the coming of the light requires that we become people of Advent; people who persistently await the victorious light. Where there are such people, Christmas can happen. Christ waits for people who will not compromise the light with darkness, neither in themselves nor in anything else, but who are moved by the serious need for the light of Christ and who are aware of whence the help comes. May God give that we may go forth to the festival of Christmas as moved and motivated people. Then we will experience Christmas with the gifts of grace and blessing.

With that in mind, let’s have a blessed Advent and a merry Christmas.


About Charles Redfern

Charles Redfern is a writer, activist, and clergyman living in Connecticut with his wife and family. He's currently writing two books, with more in his head.

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