Today is the highest of the holy days in the Christian calendar. Celebrating the defining event of the faith, and despite what pop culture would have you believe, it is this day, not Christmas, that holds the most relevance for Christians.
The church I attended in high school would put a large paper mache’ representation of the cave on the lawn, with a round ‘rock’ in the front. Volunteers dressed as Roman soldiers would stand watch.
Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, and make it as sure as you can.
So they went, and made the sepulcher sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.
Matthew 27:65 – 66 King James Version
Easter morning the soldiers would be gone, the ‘rock’ rolled away to reveal an empty tomb. Inside the church Easter lilies would overflow their vases, and the first words spoken in the service: “He is risen!”
A good church service can allow you to face the coming week with energy and equanimity: a good Easter service provides you with something to both remember and look forward to for the year.
While Christians see themselves as servants of the Lord, most understand that the proper place of religion itself is as a valuable servant, and not a master. But there are people who would deny people even this comfort. With the predictability of a Florida summer thunderstorm, the evangelical atheists pop up on Christian holidays denouncing the Christian faith.
The behavior is puzzling. These folks spend an awful lot of energy protesting something they don’t believe in. At least evangelical Christians have an excuse: they believe in something. Evangelical atheists believe in nothing.
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.
1 Corinthians 15:33 -34 King James Version
With the exception of ‘the religion of peace’, which seeks to convert by the sword, I have no problem with followers of other faiths. Folks can believe or not, as they choose. Why can’t the ‘logical’ atheists just leave people alone?
As is my wont on feast days, I like to prepare a good meal. This Easter, the menu was:
Lamb chops with balsamic vinegar/honey/Habanero glaze
Roasted asparagus with balsamic vinegar
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon