A Very Merry Debbie Downer Christmas

Pondering sin during Christmas seems like Debbie Downer crashing your office party.imgres

But I’ll be brief.

Cornelius (Neil) Plantinga Jr. wrote an accessible, winsome, and condensed update of his exceptional book Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be: A Breviary of SinThe article, available as a PDF document, should be required reading for anyone who wants to better understand sin, and subsequently the need for redemption.

Plantinga progressively—and deftly—unravels sin in the following way:

  1. Shalom
  2. Vandalism of Shalom
  3. The Human Race “Has a Habit” Where Sin Is Concerned
  4. Parasite
  5. Corruption
  6. Who’s to Blame
  7. The Bottom Line

Advent is a most appropriate time to dwell on the nature of our sin, looking to the Redeemer who was promised in Genesis 3 who would deal with it and its ruinous consequences head on. If you can, get the book. If you’re unconvinced, read the PDF updated abridgment first and then buy the book (and thank me later.) It’s that good, in a devastating sort of way. It will make you newly appreciate Advent’s significance on the need for Christ’s Incarnation.