Last week a friend asked rhetorically, “Wouldn’t life be simpler if there were just good guys and bad guys?” I had to agree. It would.
 
Either/Or creates far less tension than Both/And.
 
When it comes to what salvation means, some Christians would say, “It’s all about saving souls” Others insist, “It’s all about making life on earth better.” Practically speaking, it’s Either/Or.
 
But the readings for the Third Sunday of Advent would insist it’s not quite that simple.