Last week I wrote why I do not celebrate Easter and gave the Catholic Church a pretty stiff shot in the ribs, as well as others that uphold Easter and get all righteous during the Easter season.
I suspect I hurt some feelings. Of course I did not intend to hurt feelings with the post, but the truth often hurts terribly if it makes us look at ourselves and see the truth, which is seldom what we regularly see when we look at ourselves.
Now that we are past the Easter holiday season, most people will resume their regular old lives, absent the church. This is the way it happens, but this behavior is not the problem in the church. The problem in the church is the people that come weekly, year on and year out, but never share their faith or spread the Gospel, let alone disciple others.
The Gospel did not die with the last Apostles death. The mission of Christians did not end with the Apostles. The mission of ambassadorship is still on each believer, to this day.
Just look at the Apostles. They got it wrong nearly every time throughout the Gospels, except when they dropped everything to follow Jesus. They just did not get it. Then Jesus returned and they understood.
When they saw the resurrected Jesus, His words made sense and they gained a new understanding. At this point and with the coming of the Holy Spirit, evangelism was born.
The disciples of Jesus became a force to be reckoned with. They could not be stopped, even under threat of death. They were telling people Jesus is the Son and died in the place of man and when asked what must be done Peter said, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit…”
Those same words, repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus (believe) for forgiveness, still stand today.
We must still repent.
We must still believe.
We will be forgiven.
God will send the Holy Spirit.
So now I ask the modern day believer that may or may not have gotten upset with my words about Easter and faith. Have you repented with no intention of repeating the sins being repented of?
Do you believe Jesus is the Son of God and died for you, a sinner, having never sinned himself?
Are you forgiven? Has God filled you with the power of the Holy Spirit?
Are you proclaiming repentance and forgiveness of sins in the name of Jesus to all nations? Are you a witness of these things or just a recipient of God’s grace?
Easter sales are at an all-time high.
Christmas sales are too.
Most self-proclaiming Christians though do not share their faith with anyone. Not their friends, not their family, and certainly not their neighbors and strangers. As long as people consider buying trinkets akin to righteousness, I will not celebrate holidays.
There are too many in desperate need of the Good News of Jesus Christians. We are commanded to share this message with them. Will you join me? Will you join Catalyst in spreading the Kingdom?