So much is circulating in the news of late that I thought I'd take the opportunity to attempt to bring some focus to things I've found to be truly of importance. No coincidence that this happens to be Easter weekend ...
We have a couple of states who think that legislating more "control" will lead to "freedom". We have multiple countries in the world trying to make the latest deal on weapons or truces or other things that even the most minor review of history tells us will either never happen or will quickly be breached. Everybody seems to want his or her voice heard because individual "rights" trump everything else. And the beat goes on and on and on. And none of it really matters if you look at it from a broader perspective.
As Christians, we celebrate this season of the year as the pinnacle of our faith. The finished work on the Cross and the subsequent "kicking Death in the teeth" that is the Resurrection are things in which we ground our very belief system. I, for one, happen to agree.
I like to take three events in the life of Jesus and use them as an illustration. The Manger and the Cross are what I see as hinges to the door of his human life. We can't overlook the power of either one or the critical nature of a birth and death under the law. They set the stage for that magnificent triumph on Resurrection Day that means what he did is permanent - no turning back ever! And it's all wrapped in a Love and Grace that blow everything else away.
So whether or not you believe in an October or December birth, a Thursday or Friday death ... what matters is the end result of that perfect man's sacrifice. God's Love and Grace blew Death back to Hell and we get to be the beneficiaries. the Crooked Path understands that our troubles are nothing in perspective of what God gives us now and promises us yet to come. As Paul wrote:
"But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love." (1 Corinthians 13:13, The Message)