I have often wondered about easter Saturday, there are names for every other day of the Easter season. Palm Sunday, Maunday Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday but there is this day in-between.
Everyone has had bad days, everyone has had days that they wish they could re-do. Everyone has days that they wish they could just cover their head and will the world away. The dark days. I am sure that this was one of Peters darkest days, the other disciples, Mary the list goes on.
So why am I publishing this post so many days after I started it? Simple our lives have been categorized by some pretty dark days in the past months. Just when we think that things are looking up something else comes along that snuffs out the light that has started, be it Health issues, employment, car problems, kid problems, you name it we have had it in the past two years. I feel like we are in the day in the middle. the day where things are dark and it looks like they are going to stay that way. You may say “but remember things got better, Jesus rose and things got better, and yes that is true… well sort of… see if you keep reading the New Testament you will find that things did not get better. Oh sure Jesus was alive, and yes the church was growing, but the persecution the real persecution didn’t start until after the Ascension. The dark days for the believers were just beginning. What strikes me is how they handled these days. They were in the habit of counting it all joy, and while I’m sure that they didn’t all sing merrily when the persecution came, notice I said all yes I know that Paul and Silas sang, they still had a perspective that I believe is lacking in the church today, that is lacking in my life. I wonder why it is lacking, I think it has to do with the freedom of religion that we have in our country. Just track with me for a moment. Look at the church in other parts of the world, look at the early church. The best and most powerful moves of God happened then and are happening all over the world because there was a real sense of what it meant to be like Christ, not just in the good things but in the suffering and the bad.
We don’t have this here. We live in a country that, contrary to what some on the extreme right want us to believe, gives us the freedom to worship as we choose. I believe that this freedom to worship has made us soft, it has made the American Christian lazy.
Sometimes I am not sure that the “judgment” that God has sent to America is a judgment not of the nation but of the Christians in the nation because we have forgotten. We have gotten so used to our Total Money Make Overs, and our Tea Party Patriots, and our Moral Majorites, and our need to get prayer back in the schools, and stop abortion that we have somewhere left out the message of Christ.
Years ago, and yes I know I’m going to date myself, a band name Degarmo and Key had a song called the pledge. It sums it up for me perfectly.
“He died for me, I’ll live for Him.” Not I’ll fight for Him, not I’ll do His Job, Not I’ll take over my finances, not I’ll protest and take a moral majority stand. I’ll simply live for him. I’ll look at what he did, how he worked, who he talked to, who he poured into and I’ll live for Him.