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Let The Redeemed Say So

Well, yesterday, Sunday, was Easter Sunday. Next to Christmas, it is the most important day in the Christian calendar. It?s the day that Believers all over the world celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Without the resurrection, everything else Jesus said and did has no meaning. Without the resurrection, he just becomes another good religion teacher, or philosopher, or a really good person. But with the reality of the resurrection, and there are many proofs to this, both in Scripture, Old and New Testament, and outside of Scripture, He proves Himself to be who He said He was, the very Son of God. Even Peter echoed this when Jesus asked his disciples one day, ?Whom do people say that I am?? They answered, ?Some say you are John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the prophets.? But then Jesus went for gold and said, ?But who do You say that I am?? And Simon Peter answered, ?You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.? And it was upon this statement of faith, not upon Peter the man, for no man is the reason for the church. All of us are sinners. Just go through one day and count your sins and see how many you commit in one day?s time. Even one will condemn you to eternal death! But don?t do this too often or you might get depressed! Praise God for 1 John 1:9, huh? Forgiveness is available to all who confess their sins. It wasn?t upon Peter the man that Jesus built his church, because Peter was a man like you and me, and even he needed a Savior. It was upon Peter?s statement of faith, ?Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God,? that Jesus built His church. And if you, like Peter, put your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior, you too will experience eternal salvation.

But back to my original thought here. Without Easter, there would be no Christian belief. So Easter occupies an important event in the Christian calendar. But like Christmas, Easter is also celebrated in many parts of the world, only on a more secular basis. Most of us grew up with the expectation that on Easter Sunday, the Easter Bunny would hop around, dropping Easter eggs full of candy for boys and girls everywhere to find an put in their Easter baskets and then get tummy aches later because they ate too many chocolate eggs and bunnies and peeps! Emmmm Boy! Ouoohh!

Now, I heard this past week that some grade school principle in some southeastern state, Georgia or South Carolina, or one of those southeastern states, said that in their school, they could no longer call Easter, ?Easter.? And there could be no ?Easter Bunny.? Whaaaaaat?!?! This, uh, ?Principle? said that, and I quote, ?They didn?t want to offend anybody? Well, what about us Christians? Did you ever stop to think that that might offend us?!?! I don?t know about you, folks, but I?m getting pretty tired of losing my Christian rights just because someone doesn?t want to get ?offended!? Aren?t you? Look, I?ve taught world religions in college and I?ve studied the major religions of the world, and people in this country at least, can choose to be any religion that they want to, or no religion for that matter. It?s up to the individual to make that choice. But folks, It?s time for the ?redeemed of the Lord to stand up and say so!? (Psalm 107:2). Just because you are of a religion of a different flavor, don?t think that you can just tread on My religion just because it offends you! Did you ever stop and think that maybe, just maybe, your religion might offend me??? But do you hear me crying about it. No! You are more than welcome to practice your religion, no matter what I believe! Now, I might say yours is wrong, and I?m free to believe that just as your are free to believe that mine is wrong. But don?t go around telling me that I can?t practice my religion in public and say ?Merry Christmas or Happy Easer when this country was founded upon religious freedom. And if you get right down to it, take a reading of the Ten Commandments, then read the Magna Carta, and the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I believe you will find that each one of those documents have their roots deep in the Ten Commandments. But guess What? Those documents also state that you, yes you, and the right to freedom of religion and can practice or not practice whatever religion you want to. Now, too many are misinterpreting those documents to say ?freedom from religion! But that?s not what they say. It?s ?freedom of religion,? and that means freedom to worship as you wish! But don?t use your freedom to trample on my freedom! I won?t tell you you can?t celebrate your holy days if you won?t tell me I can?t celebrate mine. How about it? Can we get along here! There?s a great couple of old passages here that say, ?You shall love your neighbor as your self. But if you bite and devour on another, beware lest you be consumed by one another.? (Galatians 5:14, 15). How about it? Can we try a little more love and a lot less hate? What do you think?

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