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Easter

Is America becoming a post-Christian society?

What does it mean for us Christians?

It directly affects believers who try to win lost souls because an unsaved person’s ground of decision making may be skewed or obscured in the river of moral relativism. See, much of contemporary thought leans toward “fate” and “fatalism.” This “higher knowledge” quaintly un-hides itself in the colloquial phrase ” history repeats itself.”

People who practice ‘fate’ as a lifestyle live in idolatry and this God-demoting practice has many variations.

It starts  when some find it convenient to blame other persons, things, and events for their own sins. Adam and Eve originated this trend in Genesis 3.

They duck blame and skirt responsibility.

They use “wisdom from below.”

We fall into the sucking vac hose called stupor.

Rolling snowballs accumulate more snow, lies beget more lies, and hell is never satisfied, so says the Bible.

God looses His use for some.

This evasive mode progresses facile to dumbstruck, feeling no pain, and accountability free.

If we apply the apostasy to a majority of citizens, God looses His use for us.

We have fortune tellers and farming prognosticators, star gazers and religious fatalists.

 I met an atheist and asked, ‘Do you own a gun?’

“No” came the quick response. I then asked the same man if it is wise to eliminate the source of moral right and  civil order, (God), and then ignore preparation for what might happen without restraints?

Let’s put it another way: is it probable that the conditions for scampering around personal responsibility (God removal), will create people who you can trust?

If a guy ducks out of life he will duck out of work. If a person gets a girl pregnant and then discards her, I don’t really want him on my football team because when the chips are down, maybe he will pull his own end-around there, too.

Beloved, people can’t do responsibility because life looms too big for them. I understand.

It looms too big for many;

it looms too big for all of us, eventually.

Active compliance to this responsibility merges slowly into the narrows. It ends on a dead-end street. To this “tragic fate” enters God. First He seems to require the heavy-hand of obedience-demand — Comes a wrestling within. His purpose turns us toward the covered up and sublimated mess which we have so well hidden inside. Then comes a shocking scene.

A man, scarred and beaten, pressing, pressing in a determined focus to own his responsibility for sins and depravity. He never shirks the weight of it, as unbearable as it may be.

We see — that man is just a man; His pain is the pain of human suffering. We are embarrassed at His dedication when we compare it to our own. We can’t even bear to watch; so graphic, open, so brutal and bloody, so tragic and penetrating.

Amazingly, we then discover that He, innocent, is carrying not his yoke, but our yoke, our unbearable freight, our unthinkable guilt, our unquenchable lust, and our nauseating impotence. His event multiplies terror one thousand times, but, in this revealing detail, our empty, empty souls can carefully emerge now, as we daub the bloodied free-will, prior bruised with shame.  He is bearing the condemnation, and it quietly transfers from us to He. Thank you Jesus!

Good Friday teaches:

  •  I could never face the suffering of my own accountability.
  •  Another did it for me.

Gone is my precise shame awareness,  specific heaviness, and the accurate accuser.

“Where are those thine accusers. Hath no man condemned thee?” spoke Jesus to the guilty one. 

“No man Lord” came the reply.

“Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more” 

Happy Easter!

Tom Sliva

Tom Sliva

Born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Pastor Sliva went to Bible college in Massachusetts at the Stevens School of the Bible in !982. He and his family moved to Baltimore in1987 to be a part of Greater Grace World Outreach. From there, he served in Prescott, Arizona, and Indianapolis, Ind. Ordained upon his return to Baltimore in 1995, Pastor Sliva was afflicted with brain cysts in the late 90's and stayed at home base until his recovery in 2002. He then assisted with ministries in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh before resettling in Baltimore due to his son's sudden illness and death. Pastor Sliva is a colon cancer survivor. He has been part of the Pastoral Care Team since 2008 and leads the Grief Share group at Greater Grace Church. Read more from Pastor Sliva on his blog Healing at the Cross.
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