Sometimes Guilt by Association is enough and no further comment is needed. On CRN? the “editor” posted an excerpt of a story about Evangelicals adopting Advent. When I followed the link, I discovered it was not an excerpt but the whole story. The story is simply “Evangelicals are adopting and adapting Advent rituals.” No reason is given by either the editor or the watcher why this is an issue except the tag that these are Roman Catholic rituals. Apparently GBA stands on its own.
What both sites fail to do (as usual) is to exercise true discernment and investigate how Advent is being adopted and adapted by Evangelicals… What meanings are being taught, what practices are being adopted, how are they being adapted to take them from a Roman Catholic ritual into an evangelical experience…? but then again, that’s probably moot – if the Catholics do it (or ever did) we should not.
When you focus on external behaviors regardless of meaning, when you assume that your way of doing things is the only true way regardless of biblical teaching, when you narrow the method of true worship to a certain time and a certain place… you are forced into a pretty narrow (and extra-biblical) definition of what is orthopraxy – acceptable practices.
It’s a shame to see the worship of God limited to the praxis developed by a Western Culture in a period after the 16th Century but before the 1960’s – anything before this period is too Roman… anything after is too everything else… What a burden they bear, to constantly lift their own cultural praxis to the level of orthpraxis while also constantly making sure the immutable God does not escape from the box they have created for him.
BTW – our thoroughly evangelical and orthodox church has been observing advent for 17 years… I guess we’re ahead of the apostasy wave… who knew?