The Patriot Post By Mark Alexander Â· Thursday, April 1, 2010 "It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favors." --George Washington The Resurrection of Jesus Christ, appropriately celebrated in our country each year as the dormant winter season yields to new spring growth, is the foundation of our belief that life can arise miraculously from the hard darkness of apparent death, thus bringing great hope to us even in the bleakest of winters.
I live in an area of our great country where the seasons are well defined, but spring is my favorite. As March closes, I am treated to the miraculous emergence of new life from the winter cold, and I marvel at God's expression through the splendid colors on branch and ground where the restoration of life had been awaiting its cue.
But the hope that we Christians have is a hope greater than merely the changing of seasons.
The Resurrection is the central event and tenet that distinguishes Christianity from all other faiths. While others add human works into the equation, only God Himself, through His sacrifice on the cross, could ransom us from our sin-slavery, fulfilling the requirements of the Law. Only God Himself could then rise from the dead, returning to deliver unto His followers the very freedom He had paid with His life to secure.
Jesus told His disciples, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:31-32). Those last words (in Latin, Veritas vos Liberabit) have been The Patriot's motto since our inception, and we continue to advocate truth and liberty.
Not all Americans share our passion, however.
Take, for example, Davenport, Iowa, this week, where City Administrator Craig Malin removed Good Friday, the most somber of Christian holidays, from the municipal calendar. He did so without even bringing the issue before the city council, thus unilaterally renaming the day "Spring Holiday."
Malin claims he was just following the recommendation of the Davenport Civil Rights Commission. Tim Hart, the commission's chairman, declared, predictably, "Our Constitution calls for separation of church and state. Davenport touts itself as a diverse city and given all the different types of religious and ethnic backgrounds we represent, we suggested the change."
Memo to Tim: There is no "Wall of Separation1" in our Constitution. The truth shall make you free.
"The city council didn't know anything about the change. We were blindsided and now we've got to clean this mess up," said city council alderman Bill Edmond. "How do you tell people the city renamed a 2,000-year-old holiday?"
Of course, we've already been through this exercise in political correctness with Christmahanakwamadan2, so why not add Good Friday?
In the end, though, it appears that common sense will prevail in Davenport and Good Friday will yet be restored to its calendar.
Truth and liberty are under vicious assault in other forms as well, often under the guise of compassionate care or "social justice." When it suits their purposes, leftists will even sweep aside their concerns for "separation of church and state" so that they themselves may evoke religion. For example, they often cite the words of Jesus when it comes to "caring for the poor," hence, in their minds, their mandate for the federal government takeover of health care. More: http://patriotpost.us/alexander/2010/04/01/resurrection-day-2010-all-things-new/print/