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Story ID:10417
Written by:Frederick William Wickert (bio, link, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
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Person:Jesus Christ
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By Fred Wickert

As a boy in high school, I had a girlfriend for a while who was the step daughter of the Minister of our church. We usually went out on a date every weekend and sometimes once during the week. One particular week just happened to be the days just before Good Friday and Easter.

Things were good in those days. God was still allowed in our schools then. We said prayers in school and we actually brought Bibles to school and we celebrated Christmas and we had Easter and Christmas vacations from school. When there was High School graduation there was always a Baccalaureate Service the night before, and one of the clergy in the school district was asked to speak. Religion, God and Jesus Christ were cool in those days. (I graduated in 1952.)

The girl, Barbara and I had someplace we wanted to go that Friday. About Tuesday I asked Dad if the car was going to be available that Friday night. His reply was that the car was not available and I was not going out anywhere that weekend except to church. I didn’t understand this and questioned why? Dad answered with a question. He asked if someone in my family had died that day, would I go out on a date just the same? I replied that I would not. I understood that to be terribly disrespectful. All right then was Dad’s reply.

As he turned to walk away I asked who died? He said, “Friday is when Jesus died on the cross.” Well yeah, but what has that got to do with it? That was a couple thousand years ago! Dad said as if exasperated, “You’re not going and that is that!” I called Barbara and gave her the news. She seemed as surprised as I was. Her step father was our minister and he didn’t raise any objection.

As a 17 year old I didn’t understand but I do now. Now I agree with Dad’s decision. I look around me with a sense of dread because everywhere I look, I see Christianity under attack. I see Christians being slaughtered in the Middle East and in Africa. I read just a day or two ago some guy was predicting that in two years there would not be a Christian left alive in the Middle East and in Africa.

I remember well after the Holocaust in WWII, when people saw what had happened to the six million Jews that were exterminated, for no other reason than they were Jews The world knew about it but no one did anything about it. They built a memorial and on it is the phrase, “Never again!” It even became a mantra for a while. Never again will the people of the world allow it to happen again. But they did, over and over again.

Stalin too, killed millions of Jews. Have you ever heard of Pol Pot? Of Idi Amin? Of Mao Tsetung? Each of them slaughtered millions of people and the world sat on their hands and did nothing. Right now as we speak, Christians are being slaughtered everywhere. The world sits on their hands and nobody does anything about it. Certainly not the United States. Our President is attacking Christians and Christianity too. He even made a speech in which he said we are no longer a Christian nation. His first year in office he canceled the national day of prayer observance at the White House. He has prohibited our military chaplains from saying the words, “In the name of Jesus Christ” in their prayers when they pray out loud. He did it because someone might be offended and you can’t have anybody being offended. That is, unless they are white and Christian or Jew. In that case it is okay to offend, as per Obama policy.

So just what does Easter mean to us? To some, it means Jesus Christ died on the cross on what we call Good Friday to pay the ransom for the sins of mankind. Easter is the celebration that on the third day he arose from the dead. He was resurrected. He lives! He is our salvation. Believe in him and accept him and we too will live again after we die. We will live for eternity in peace.

For others it means spend a lot of money at the stores for chocolate Easter Bunnies and it means having an Easter egg hunt for the children. It means a good money maker for the merchants, and it means Spring Break for high school and college kids. It means get away from the watchful eye of parents and go to a beach somewhere. It means whoop it up on drugs and drink all you can from a funnel and for girls to pass out drunk on the beach and have one boy after another have sex with her while friends take cell phone pictures and post them on FaceBook.

For some it will mean reading the Bible and going to church, buying a new spring out fit to keep up with the neighbors when at church. Maybe have a special service where candles are lighted and for the few ultra serious, they can go to a sunrise service out doors up on a hill some where. It is all symbolism that makes them feel good, but how many does it get to thinking about the true meaning of Easter? Not very many I am afraid.

I read a news article today that said a number of groups are going to come down like a ton of bricks on the Speaker of the House because he has not yet had a vote on stopping abortion at 20 weeks when it has been proven the fetus can feel pain. If we were true Christians, why would we allow abortion on demand at all? There is an uproar throughout the country that the religious views of a person should not allow them to escape being forced to take part in a gay marriage even if their religious views prohibit it.

I sincerely hope that all those who say they are Christians do some study on what happened when Christ was crucified and why it had to happen and what it accomplished for us. I hope that once they understand, they will stand up for what they will know in their heart is right, and to reject all this other stuff that goes on in the name of political correctness. No one, and I do mean no one who has a clean conscience can ever be offended by anything Christian or anything in the Bible. If your heart and mind are pure, you cannot truthfully be offended. Only those who follow Satan can be.

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