It’s a remarkable thing that most of our modern world still pauses annually to mark the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
While it may be just a long weekend for many, it nevertheless serves as a reminder of an inescapable fact:
Western society is underpinned by Christianity.
And, referring to our own country for a moment, I don’t necessarily mean prayers in Parliament, nor the words of our constitutional preamble: “…humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God”.
At a much deeper level, our laws, our democratic system, protections afforded to life and family – our very way of life – owe an incredible and undeniable debt to the Christian foundations on which they rest.
Now, you may have read that last sentence with some sense of sad irony.
It’s true that modern “progressives” would rather forget that they're enjoying the fruits of a Christian legacy as they seek to radically alter our laws – and even the very nature of family and objective reality.
They may not have won the “war”, but they’re certainly winning plenty of battles.
It’s a strange thing – a form of cognitive dissonance perhaps – that “progressives” want the benefit of centuries of Christian culture without any care or respect for the foundations.
Take a jackhammer to a house’s foundations, and you’ll soon see what happens to the house.
Even noted atheist Richard Dawkins has warned on several occasions that the decline of Christianity and its morality in the West could have severe consequences. Quite an admission.
That brings me back to Easter – a holiday (“holy day”) – that survives, despite the metaphoric jackhammers.
Easter is a time of hope.
Like Christmas, but even more importantly, it carries a message to all of goodwill.
Only today, I stumbled across a brilliant quote from G.K. Chesterton that combines those elements of hope and an unbreakable foundation. He said:
“Christianity has died many times and risen again; for it had a god who knew the way out of the grave.”
In the particular context of the Australian Family Coalition’s work, hope is incredibly important.
And Chesterton’s quote reminds us that, even when things are seemingly dark at times, hope always remains.
Whether you’re a Christian or not, this should give us all pause for reflection.
We know who wins in the end.
As I sign off, I’m preparing for a joyful celebration of the Resurrection, with my family, at our church tonight.
However you mark these important days, I wish you and your family a happy and holy Easter.
And I wish you hope.
“He is not here, for he is risen, as he said. Come, and see the place where the Lord was laid” (Matthew 28:6).
Australian Family Coalition