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Easter + Tangent

Well, I warned you. Tangent on the horizon.

(Originally published April 19, 2014)

I write this blog on the anniversary of the most pregnant pause in Biblical history: the day between the death of Christ and His resurrection. Tomorrow, churches across the nation will fill pew seats with every variant of the spiritual spectrum—from Bible beaters to Bible skeptics, people want to hear this message.

Easter is a day of celebration for Christians. It is a reminder of God’s greatest act of love towards the human race. God sent Jesus, the Son of God, to earth in response to our sin and rebellion. It is through Jesus’s sinless life, sacrificial death, and final victory in His resurrection that God bridged the gap between Him and us. Through grace, we can now accept Christ as our savior from sin and spiritual death.

The paragraph above draws a clear line in the sand for people, and it has been drawing it for centuries. The question, “Do you believe the entirety of the Gospel message?” is a loaded one. As a life-long resident of Oklahoma, it is sometimes difficult for me to ascertain a clear view of how this nation views Christ.

So, I turned to the Google search bar. When I searched "Jesus's resurrection is", the top four results were:

"Jesus's resurrection is false"

"Jesus's resurrection is true"

"Jesus's resurection is a hoax"

"Jesus's resurrection is a myth"

Additionally, I looked at the Pew Research Center’s numbers on the issue. From 2007 to 2012, the percentage of the U.S population that identified as atheist, agnostic, or nothing rose from 15 to 20 percent.

In short, this nation is growing jaded from both religions ubiquitously and Christ’s story specifically. For these people, Easter is not a celebration—it is salt rubbed into their wounds. It is another reason to paint a picture of judgmental Christians in broad strokes. It is another reason to turn away from the open hands of Jesus.

As a born again believer, it saddens me to see my country falling away from Christ. I do not say this out of pity—I have no position of authority where I can look down in pity. I am saved by grace, not by anything I have done. However, it is sad to me that my children and grandchildren will not see the same America I saw growing up.

But do you know how this doubt and apathy affects the implications of the resurrection story?

It has absolutely zero effect.

There is a common flaw in human thinking amongst Christians (one that took me 20 years to get over). The thought is that we, as Christians, are a vital, mandatory component to God’s will being accomplished. I am not talking about God using us to accomplish His will—I am talking about us thinking that we are a necessary part of the process.

This is straight hubris. God created the heavens and the earth, God breathed life into the first man, God led the Israelites from Egypt, God granted Solomon wisdom, and God tore the veil in two the hour that Christ perished on the cross.

And then Christ rose again, unaided by man. God loves us and chooses to use us for His Glory, but He is not dependent on us.

While I am sad to see where my country is going, I am not fearful. In the face of social reforms, economic liquidity, domestic terrorism and more, the Gospel does not change and Christ’s hands will not close until the end of days.

Tomorrow is Easter. Let us not worry about the future of this country. Let us not be discouraged by those who would call us fools. Trends come and go. God does not.

“For I the Lord do not change…”

-Malachi 3:6

Happy Easter, friends. He is risen!

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