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Easter, Perspective, and the Christian

March 28, 2018
By John Morrison

In many of my blogs, I focus upon social issues impacting our children and families.  In this context, there can be a tendency to dwell upon all the "gloom and doom" scenarios as our culture rapidly moves away from our Judeo/Christian roots.  

But in the larger, historical continuum, Christians have typically lived in societies where they find themselves swimming against the predominant pagan, secularist mainstream.  Believers are in the world, but when living for Christ, not of the world.  

Why would Christians, if they are serious about following Christ, be willing to pay the personal cost of walking to "the beat of a different drummer?"   

One way we could answer this question is ... "because of our Easter perspective." Easter is not merely a "spring holiday," as our larger culture increasingly views it. Rather, it is our celebration and acknowledgement of the central event in human history, represented by Jesus Christ freely going to the cross on our behalf.  Put simply, in the apostle Paul's words, our Lord "abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel" (I Timothy 1:10)! These are some of the most stunning words in all the Bible!  If they do not impact us dramatically in all aspects of our mindset and lifestyle, then we must question the depth of our faith.

No matter the degree to which our culture darkens, we must remain focused upon this fundamental of our belief.  If we allow our gaze to shift to all the negatives we see gathering force around us, we may become a very gloomy, despondent folk.

But when we remain concentrated upon this central  message of the Gospel -- that Jesus Christ has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light" --  then no matter how rotten the world becomes, nor how difficult our personal circumstances, we may still live with great joy and anticipation for what God has promised us.  It is, after all, a matter of perspective!  This, indeed, is how Christians through the centuries have lived "in" the world without being "of" the world.  May God help us, in our own times, to be counted among their number!

I pray we all may be renewed in this gloriously good news over this Easter weekend as we celebrate Christ and His resurrection.  He is risen! He is risen, indeed!

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