Pastor's Corner

5 Apr
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Mid-Week Challenge

Has Easter gone the way of Christmas?  Well, if you live in Great Britain that might be the case.  For 10 years the National Trust organization (kind of like the National Park service in the UK, but with membership fees and nongovernment leadership) has hosted the annual Easter Egg hunt for the UK.  Each event has a sponsor and thousands of Brits come out to multiple locations to hunt eggs just like many Americans.  This year’s event has gained recognition because the event sponsor, candy maker Cadbury, chose to remove the word “Easter” from the event title.  In times past the event was known as the “National Trust Easter Egg Trail,” this year it goes by the name the “Great British Egg Hunt!”  This should come as no surprise.  England declared war on Christianity a long time ago.  The thing that did surprise me was the reaction by the British people.  Prime Minister Theresa May said the decision to change the name was “absolutely ridiculous.” Senior members of the Church of England weighed in on the conversation by expressing their displeasure.  John Sentamu, the archbishop of York, said that it was tantamount to “spitting on the grave” of John Cadbury, the chocolate firm’s 19th century Quaker founder.  Labor Leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "It upsets me as well because I don't see why Cadbury should take over the name, because that's what it's done, it's commercialization gone a bit too far.  These comments caused The National Trust to issue a statement.  A spokesman said: “The National Trust is in no way downplaying the significance of Easter, which is why we put on a huge number of events, activities and walks to bring families together at this time of year. We work closely with Cadbury, who are responsible for the branding and wording of our egg hunt campaign.”  Which caused Cadbury to respond stating that it wanted to appeal to non-Christians, saying: "We invite people from all faiths and none to enjoy our seasonal treats." The sad reality is that no one asked them to make the change.  In fact more than half the country is upset that Cadbury made this move.  https://gma.yahoo.com/theresa-may-hits-apos-ridiculous-072725357.html  and  https://amp.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/apr/04/cadburys-and-national-trust-imply-easter-egg-row-is-exaggerated

This all comes with the season.  Turn on the TV and you can see the continued assault on all things Christian at this time of year. The History Channel, PBS, Discovery and National Geographic all have programs dedicated to debunking Easter and anything that has to do with the Biblical Jesus.  The world will stop at nothing to extinguish the story of Jesus.  I have always wondered what scares them so much. Why so much time and money spent trying to disprove something that is accepted by a wide majority of historians.  If they can’t disprove they will discredit and if they can’t do that they will simply change the name. 

To engage the culture we must be a part of it.  We cannot isolate ourselves and keep quite.  We cannot sit by and say nothing.  Anger and protest are not the right answers either.  Jesus gave us the best advice, “let your light shine!” You can make your faith known without causing a scene. How you live your life is a witness for Christ.  Whether you are good witness or not will depend on how you let your light shine; either way, you are still a witness! 

In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:16 

Serving the Savior

 Bro. Jonathan

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