Reflections on holy week.
How are Christians seen by the rest of the world?
I am a Christian, and this is the most important week in my faith:
Maundy Thursday is arguably the 2nd most holy day in our faith – on this day we recognize the choice that was made: a deity who was a man chose to strip himself of all dignity and subject himself to the cruelty of the mob, for the sake of those who simply would not or could not follow his teachings.. Good Friday is arguably the 3rd most holy day in our faith, we remember and reflect on that horrible sacrifice. Easter is arguably the 4th most holy day in our faith, we celebrate that the teachings were true, and we are indeed loved and accepted by a loving God. (Inarguably the most holy day of the Christian faith is the day of Pentecost, which doesn’t fall within holy week… but still).
In holy week, we go to the reenactment of the last supper, we go to the Maundy Thursday service, we hold the nails and pray, we go through the stations of the cross… and then we sing the joyous songs on Easter morning to a packed sanctuary full of people half of whom are there every Sunday while half of whom will return to sing joyous songs on the Sunday before Christmas.
For this week, I wanted to take a short break from what I plan to be a usual political rant to review the following, for us to consider as we hold the nails:
This is a powerful time of rejuvenation of the soul and of the faith, this entails a lot of time spent dwelling on death, suffering, and resurrection, and a jubilant celebration of our salvation through someone else’s sacrifice.
But it seems all too often that for most Christians, this is the end of the story. “He died for me, so that I might live however I want, so long as I sing the songs on Easter and Christmas morning…” But it seems that far too little time is spent really considering the teachings that were proven true on the day we all sing songs together.
On social media, I – like everyone else – get a constant stream of thoughts, jokes, cartoons, videos, articles, etc… (Hopefully, all of my friends and family are sharing “The Centerhold” posts through social media and encouraging their friends and family to do the same… Also, this might be a good time to mention that you should “friend” The Centerhold on Facebook).
Among the friends, family, and acquaintances that all feed into my social feed, I can separate out two distinct groups as churched and unchurched. With a very few specific exceptions, I see the following: [Read more…]