Sometimes life with me gets pretty serious.
It’s why I married a funny guy. [Did I tell you I met him at an amusement park?] When I tell him of some of the news stories I read during the day while he is at work, he sighs heavy.
Sometimes we just don’t want to know about the heavy stuff. Admittedly, sometimes I spend too much time reading about it.
I would love to ignore our current world reality. And many days I actually do. When its busy. Living life is enough without having to worry about problems outside the realm of my little life circle.
But even when we want to, we cannot ignore reality
in our land, in our world any longer. The waves of adversity are coming heavier and more often. More sickness, more loss, more suicide, more terror, more fighting, more fear.
And I don’t think we realize it. Everything one human being does affects at least one other, if not an entire community or nation.
This is a truth we have denied. “To each his own,” we say.
Or, “What do I care as long as it doesn’t affect me?”
It does! If you buy peanut butter, you enable a peanut farmer. [Is that what they are called?]
Have you had a suicide in your neighborhood? Have you known an addict? Do you see the increase of everything horrible all around us? Sex trafficking. Pornography addiction. Gambling addiction. Immorality. The list goes on and on . . .
This is “Holy Week” and we [as a culture] likely have only a vague idea what the word holy means. It’s value has been mocked and spit on. What happened over two thousand years ago to Jesus is still happening today as He promised it would before He went to the cross.
“What in the world is holy?”
” Something or someone set apart for or devoted to God”
“Anything in the presence of God.”
I could end this post right here, we could stop and think about that for longer than 20 minutes and be able to answer the question more explicitly.
Why do we celebrate Holy Week?
One cannot come near God unless one is holy. || 1 Peter 1:15-16 ||
One cannot be holy unless the blood of Christ has covered our sin. || Titus 2:14 ||
No doubt you’ve seen the news this week leading up to our celebration of the resurrection of Christ, and it’s quite clear that we, as a nation have moved far from God.
There has been an erosion of all things holy.
Easter is the perfect time for a turn-around. To gaze upon the cross of Christ, to see the cost of sin upon His body, and to understand how destructive it is to us. Oh that all people would understand this affliction called sin and know that it has a cure!
The cure for sin and darkness is Christ! The power is in His resurrection!
He is ALIVE!
He sees all. All our sin, and our strife and our pride and still, as long as we have breath in our lungs, He stands with open arms to welcome us in if we seek Him for forgiveness and grace.
To repent of the sins of this land, we could start here:
Dear Lord, please forgive us for . . .
Instead of loving purity, we have “soiled our clothes.” || Lamentations 1:9 NLT ||
We have called good evil and evil good. And God says, “Woe.” || Isaiah 5:20 ||
We have polluted our soil || Numbers 35:33 ||
Instead of worshiping only You, we have worshiped our own ability and ideas, and choices, our money, government, success, our material goods, food, homes, cars, our educations, accolades, friends, status . . . Oh Lord, these and so many more. Please forgive us!
Christ is the atonement for all that is polluting our land. We just need to humble ourselves and repent . . .
Lord Jesus, we need a revival. Blow the wind of your Holy Spirit across this land!
Please help us to repent of our wicked ways – those of us who call ourselves Christians – so Lord, You can PLEASE turn and heal our land. || 2 Chronicles 7:14 ||
As much as we’d like to ignore the bad news that permeates our days, as much as we hope it will just go away, we know it wont.
But in the midst of it, each of us can make wise choices. We can share the good things. Do good to all people. Honor God. Live holy lives by repenting and receive the gift of the shed blood of Christ.
And even in all of the hard news, we still always have so much to thank God for and to celebrate.
And the greatest gift of all, His sacrifice, death and resurrection!
He is holy and made a way for us to get close to Him.
What Do I Know of Holy? by Addison Road [email subscribers can click over to the blog to listen]