On Resurrection: Essay for April 7, 2012

To all Christians around the globe, Easter is resurrection. Could there be a time or event bleaker than the crucifixion of Jesus Christ? Yet after only three days, Christ rose again from the dead as the Savior to the world. It remains the most optimistic event of all time.

I was pleasantly surprised to note that 86% of Americans believe that Jesus Christ walked this earth. And 77% believe that he rose from the dead to be our Savior. I take solace in these statistics reported by Scott Rasmussen because I sometimes think that people have lost faith. These figures suggest that maybe they have merely lost faith in their religion. Otherwise our pews would be full.

There is an old adage of which I have grown fond: Everything will be alright in the end. If it’s not alright, it’s not the end.
Mixing politics with religion on the eve of the most holy of days in the Christian calendar is not my intent here. My intent is simply to take the next 24 hours to reflect on what is right and what is wrong with and in America. Make a list. Look it over. Does anything even approach the Crucifixion? It does not.

We Americans may be pessimistic about the course our country is on whether it is in our government, our neighborhood, or our sense of morality or our interdependence as a community of man. All of these problems were caused by man and should be able to be solved by man.

I heard President Obama address newspaper editors this past week. If one were to strip away the party demagoguery for a moment and look at the one-liners that described the state of affairs in our country on matters of great import, it might be very difficult to determine which party created
what problem. And it is equally difficult to determine which party today holds the sword to cut through the Gordian knot of our dilemma.

If only there was one more strong voice to call upon.

There is one method, frequently overlooked, that we might utilize to access that additional strong voice that might accelerate the solutions to the many problems we face. We access that voice through prayer. This is not prayer to an iconic donkey or elephant. It is prayer to the One who created us all, heaven and earth.

The Environmental Protection Agency may regulate the air and water but it was the Creator who first gave them to us; The Food and Drug Administration may regulate what we put into our bodies but it was the Creator who put the seed on this planet. I think you get my point. If we are so determined to divine how our live should be lived on this Earth, why don’t we simply cut right to the Divine One and ask our God through prayer?

I know who my God is and I will celebrate the Resurrection on Easter Sunday as an extension of my worship throughout the year. I know that I do not pray as often as I should but I believe in the healing power of prayer and the clarity that it can bring.

I am a navigator by training and I know that it is always darkest before the dawn. And when dawn did break for me at sea, the stars appeared in their places, set there by our Creator, to guide me on course. Maybe it is time to take a bit of a break from the false gods of social media and cable television and Hollywood.

It is time for us to call on the A Team. And we do that through prayer. It is not the end.

I wish to all my fellow believers a Happy Easter.

Press on.

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  1. Mindy

    Well said Tom! Christ was sent to set us free from sin. The United States is home of the free and the brave that keep us free. Free to speak, to think and to worship without oppression. Let’s keep our leaders and our troops in our constant prayers!

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