Over the past few years you have heard us talk about the Christian Calendar. We have said that we are a people who tell time differently than other people. We still use the same clocks and schedules as everyone else, but we also use a special calendar to help us mark gospel time.
Consider some of the differences between the Christian and Cultural Calendars:
The Cultural Calendar tends to be man-centered. The special days are for Presidents, Lovers, Mothers, Fathers, Veterans, and Workers. Nothing wrong with that per se. However, one of the tragic features of the Cultural Calendar is the rhythm of consumerism. For example, by following the Cultural Calendar you feel pressured to spend what you don’t have on things you don’t need at least once a month throughout the year.
But the Christian Calendar is God-centered. The seasons and days are mainly about Christ and his Church. One of the features of the Christian Calendar is the rhythm of compassion and concern for others. By following the Christian Calendar we get to live, move, and exist in the story of the gospel throughout the year in a way that shapes our worship and walk with the Lord.
The Christian Calendar tells and re-tells the story of Christ and the Church in two parts. The first part tells the story of Jesus Christ from Advent to Pentecost (roughly December to May). The second of half tells the story of Christ’s Church from Pentecost to Christ the King Sunday (roughly June to November).
As brightly as it shines, the Christian Calendar is often dimmed by the Cultural Calendar. Still, the story of God and his people continues to be told year after year.
Here is a brief video that explains the rhythm of the Christian Calendar: