07 April, 2007

Easter: It's The Thought That Counts...

Easter's finally coming to a close and for many Christians, it signifies the last time they'll step foot in a church until Christmas.

1 Corinthians 11:23-26
"For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "Take, eat; this is My body which is *broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me." In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes."

The Pope, along with the vast majority of churches worldwide, chose to use Christ's death and resurrection as a soapbox to focus on the plight of mankind, from the nuclear standoff in Iran to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict to the explosion of AIDS in Africa (which is ironic considering these same churches believe the people in these guilty nations are all going to hell anyhow - why cry over split milk). Perhaps of more benefit would be to avoid global diversions and use the time to actually, specifically, remember Christ's sacrifice and the importance of doing it a little more often than a single long weekend in March or April. But it's probably not great for business. See, the beauty in using Easter as a global fixer-upper is that for a brief, feel-good moment, anyone and their not-so-religious mother can pretend to be concerned with fixing the world's problems, tell their neighbour to be concerned as well, and then quietly, softly, slink back into religious inaction. Job done for another year. William S. probably said it best himself: "...it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

Spiritual mouthpieces missing the stomach to do the work. Bible students uninterested in the Bible.

Hebrews 10:24-25
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Part-time Christians, surface believers and proud of it, encouraged by church "elders" and the spiritually "educated", have decided that a few days each year is all God and His son require. There's no provocation to do good works (save perhaps going out and buying a nice, new shiny necklace complete with cross). There's no assembling together, there's no exhorting one another, there's no approaching day, there's no religion after Easter.

Matthew 23:27
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.

Time for God has been relegated to 48 hours each year and a few brief guilty thoughts during another Sunday morning sleep in.

Luke 18:8 Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

Only if he returns on the March/April long weekend when everyone's good and ready...

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