Dear sister congregations who invited the world to “celebrate Easter” with you,
I want to invite you to think about a few things today:
- Did you invite the world to celebrate “Ash Wednesday” with you?
- Did you inform the world that the church celebrates the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus every first day of the week?
- Did your congregational acceptance become a stumbling block to an individual brother or sister in Christ?
To be completely honest, and as I said in an earlier post, I believe a congregation should take advantage of opportunities created by the holiday weekend, but taking advantage of something as a congregation and adopting its practices as a congregation are two different things.
Inviting the world to celebrate Easter with you did not do the world any favors. No more of a favor than recognizing a day “dedicated to a saint”, or lighting a candle to pray, or enforcing an abstinence from certain foods would have done.
Why? Because the former is no more biblical than the later (save the KJV’s erroneous translation of Acts 12:3-5).
Like you, I want God to be glorified and I want the congregation that I am a member of to grow, but I also realize that intentions and outcomes are often very different things.
“For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.” (1 Corinthians 11:23-26 NKJV)