For Christians this is a special time of the year. During the Easter season we honor Jesus’ message to the world. His persecution by the Roman prefect, Pontius Pilate who ordered him to be nailed to a cross and left to die, taken from the cross and sealed in a tomb, and the amazing discovery that Jesus, the Son of God, had risen….. the tomb was empty, He had risen!
Yes, the hasty judgement and persecution toward Jesus reflects the politics of that day. Considered blasphemous by some, Jesus paid the ultimate price for you and me. The Roman government’s fear of losing control over their people is reminiscent of our current society. Human nature and government grabs haven’t changed much in the last 2000 years. Today, many Christian denominations consider politics taboo, some in fear of losing their non-profit status. Like the early church, they hide from the government but comply when it comes to social issues like gay marriage, even though the Bible forbids it.
The political correctness problem, along with fear of government retribution, is by and large the biggest problem we face as a society, isn’t it? Fear is counter to Faith but our churches run from confrontation. How easily we have conformed and complied with the constant assault by bureaucrats to preserve their power structure. In these united States of America that “power structure” now denies Christians expression of religious freedom while inequitably offering more rights to the Muslim world. And it’s progressively getting more severe on a local and international level. Just a few days ago, 147 innocent Christian college students at a Kenyan university were physically separated and publicly murdered by radical Islamic group Al Shabbab. Their Quran instructs them to kill all infidels and if you don’t believe in Mohammed’s word you ARE an Infidel.
Muslims try to convince you their religion (really a warped ideology) is a peaceful one. But the evidence confounds that myth. Sexual mutilation, sexual child abuse, beheading and stoning those who disagree with their thinking all prove Islam to be violent and perverse. These are all methods of control to dominate and control a compliant populous and grow their base of believers.
In direct opposition to the Quran, Christianity uses the persecution of Jesus to illustrate to all believers that loving our fellow man, maintaining high moral character, being charitable and faith in God, his Father, is the way. He promises us everlasting life and forgiveness only for the asking. It is the trilogy of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost that we rely on as Christians daily. The Holy Ghost speaks to us, directs us and calms our soul.
In these uncertain times, let us practice our faith and rely on the Word of God. Politics and religion has always been intermingled, like it or not. We, as Christians, should focus on our own faith first but supporting and electing true Christian leaders whom will rely on God’s word in making the right decisions for our local, state and federal government. It is easier to bow to a false master than be Christlike and do the right thing. But anything less is a disservice to our children and future generations. I pray this Easter will be a time of renewal for you and your family.