Easter, like any of the holidays observed in the Christian tradition, should be a time for introspection and reflection. While we look within and ascertain our own spiritual hygiene, we must also reflect on the meaning, the lessons learned, from the real occurrences that became traditions we observe today. Typically Easter homilies and sermons are filled with one again remembering how Christ our Lord was crucified and on the third day rose again, triumphing over death. Occasionally some ministers take license and compose lessons that depart from the usual; while visiting a local Evangelical church on a Easter Sunday several years ago we had the opportunity to not only listen to a radically different viewpoint but watch actors perform a skit illustrating this point.
The Easter Sunday in question, was an absolutely beautiful morning; unlike today when severe thunderstorms moved through this region forcing Sunrise Services indoors. On that morning several years ago, we had elected to visit a local church as our church family had been torn asunder when the younger of the three convening Bishops decided to embrace polygamy and affirm all of the other letters of the alphabet that usually follow GLBT. Of the other two Bishops, one retired and the other moved away for a while which left the local church without a home—at least those of us not willing to abide by the young Bishops demands to affirm GLBT, polygamy, polyamory, and every other modern day sexual abomination identified by a single letter of the alphabet and bandied about by social justice warriors.
This church was one of those so-called mega churches that in addition to the main campus also maintained two other facilities all connected by closed circuit video feeds. Each of the Satellite campuses had a minister, a fairly nice band with lead guitar, bass guitar, drums and keyboard, as well as dancer/actors that performed a presentation that illustrated the senior pastor’s message which was subsequently played on jumbo monitors. As I said before this pastor’s message that Sunday years ago departed from the usual faire of reflecting upon the miracle of the resurrection and instead focused upon the confusion that Christ’s followers might have felt during and after the crucifixion.
I am not going to offer an in-depth critique of the sermon delivered by that pastor, other than to say that while he had a valid premise, I think he probably should have expanded on the fact that yes the followers of our Lord were confused, until the risen Christ appeared unto them and proved he had indeed risen. As I recall that pastor failed to make that point focusing entirely on the days Christ was in the tomb.
I often think of this concept—that of how his followers must have been depressed or confused after he died that day—and I have to wonder if our Lord is not a bit confused himself, as he looks down on us today.
There are many groups out there that profess to be seeking original Christianity. Simply put they want to rediscover that zeal and fervor experienced by early Christians without the excess baggage created by two thousand years of mankind changing doctrine to fit personal expectations.
Modern day social justice warriors like to use Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals against Christians. Alinsky was a gifted community organizer and to a certain degree the Father of contemporary socialist thought. He—in his rules—advised his followers to; “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.” In the next talking point he said; “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” So today in the debates often characterized and the Culture Wars, the social justice warriors attempt to use the Word of God against us often saying Jesus never said anything against same sex marriage or attraction. Of course these are but two examples, but what they fail to recognize or simply choose to ignore is that Jesus did not have to say anything on these or other sins—he had already done so as God.
Frequently in the New Testament Gospels Jesus makes the case that he and God are one, John 10:30 is but one example. Therefore why should he repeat himself? Why do we allow Alinsky’s followers to ridicule us by trying to put words in Christ’s mouth or grossly ignore what God the Father had already articulated to those that recorded his Holy Word.
Far too many of us have come to accept what the Bible has described as abominations in the eyes of God, instead of recognizing the evil advocated by those that seek the joys of the flesh through practices that not only violate God’s laws but natural law as well, we should remain steadfast in our convictions and offer to help these fallen brothers and sisters find their way back to that narrow path Christ spoke of, as we ourselves seek that same path. We have all sinned.
Yes I would imagine Jesus is confused when he sees people saying he never said this or that—although he did address those issues while in the form of the Father—but I also have to wonder if he does not also question why we have twisted his teachings and created dogma that is contradictory to the core of his ministry? Some of the neo-Calvinism thought as well as once saved always saved or even prosperity gospel teachings totally take his word our of context to create man made constructs that are not guaranteed to get anyone anywhere much less into heaven.
So yes, reflection is a good thing on a day like Easter. WE should take the time to reflect on and reacquaint ourselves with the Word of God as well as core Christian doctrine and dogma. Apologetics is a pursuit in which one learns to defend the faith, to develop a knowledge of what it is to be a Christian and what the faith is really all about. If you are tired of being ridiculed by those that use our own bibles against us, then take the time to learn what the bible really says as well as the principles that are central to the faith.