HT to The Weekly Standard Blog for doing the hard work I refuse to do – that would be listening to the BoyPresident™ on the radio (or anywhere else for that matter). I should note that their commentary related TBP’s Easter radio address to GWB’s last Easter radio address and you should follow the link and read their commentary. I’ll be addressing something a tad different. Highlighting is mine…
I speak to you today during a time that is holy and filled with meaning for believers around the world. Earlier this week, Jewish people gathered with family and friends to recite the stories of their ancestors’ struggle and ultimate liberation. Tomorrow, Christians of all denominations will come together to rejoice and remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
These are two very different holidays with their own very different traditions. But it seems fitting that we mark them both during the same week. For in a larger sense, they are both moments of reflection and renewal. They are both occasions to think more deeply about the obligations we have to ourselves and the obligations we have to one another, no matter who we are, where we come from, or what faith we practice.
OK. So, this comes from a guy who spent 20 years sitting under the study of Rev. Wright at the First Church of Black Victimhood, so I know from whence his theology cometh. And that would be a poisoned well. I will admit that I’m a tad surprised that he’d be willing to show it off in a public manner, but then, who’s gonna say anything?
Point one: These are two very different holidays… Ahhh, actually, in the fullest sense that the NT is a continuum and fulfillment of the OT, it is the same story. The same holiday, simply – for the Christian – Easter is the fulfillment of the work that God started in Egypt on the Passover. That’s why Christ was crucified WHEN He was. It didn’t “just happen” at the Passover, it happened as a sign from God to those who knew His Word (the OT), that they would see that Jesus was the Lamb.
As a quick reminder, in Egypt, at the end of the Plagues, God sent an Angel to tell the Jews that were to sacrifice a lamb and that they were to put the blood of the lamb over the doorpost of their homes. That way, when the Angel of Death came through Egypt he would see the blood and their family would be spared. In the NT, Jesus was crucified, a sinless lamb, and His blood is the acceptable sacrifice to God for my sins.
Same celebration. As far from “very different” as day is from night. As far from “very different” as east is from west.
Point two: They are both occasions to think more deeply about the obligations we have to ourselves and the obligations we have to one another… In the world of utter, total ignorance, this takes the cake. There is nothing in these events that call people to think about “our obligations to ourselves” or “obligations we have to one another”. N.O.T.H.I.N.G. Listen up BP, both Passover and Easter are about only one thing. And that would be God delivering His people from bondage. In the first instance, that would be bondage from slavery to the Egyptians, in the second that would be bondage from sin. And in neither instance did the people deserve deliverance, it was given by God through His grace and His love for His people.
I am absolutely offended at the level of ignorance shown by the BoyPresident™ and also by the fact that I’m probably the only one who will be writing about it.
Today is Easter and, whether Barack Obama knows it or not, He IS risen!