REFLECTING RESURRECTION…IN OUR WITNESSING
April 22, 2018
Could it be that Easter is not just a day nor even a season…but rather a lifestyle? Could it be that resurrection is more than just a belief we voice in a creed? Could it be that resurrection is something to be reflected daily in the way we live?
If we would meet the risen Christ, then we must strive to reflect his resurrected presence on a daily basis—in our thinking, in our relating, in our giving, in our dying and, yes, in our witnessing.
As a child, I can vividly recall having my Bugs Bunny cartoon show interrupted on a Saturday morning by a phone call. It was from our neighbor Alice Boyd. And when my mother hung up the phone she flew into a 5-alarm frantic panic. Without any explanation, she began screaming, “Quick-turn that TV off! Pull the shades down! Go to your room!”
I ran to my room thinking it was nuclear Armageddon. I curled up underneath my desk, put my head between my knees–just like they taught us in school, and waited for the Big One to drop.
In actuality, like Paul Revere, Alice Boyd had called to warn my mother and the rest of the folks in the neighborhood that representatives from the new Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses were making their way door-to-door down our street.
Over the years I’ve always had secret grudging respect for members of groups like the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons. I have huge differences with their beliefs, but I have always admired their zeal. It takes a lot of courage to do what they do, especially when people slam doors in your face.
And I have often wondered why we mainstream Christians, who have been touched not by binding legalism but liberating grace, do not desire to share this grace we have found in Jesus Christ. There are folks all around us who are adrift and drowning in a sea of hopelessness, and we can help them find a safe and secure harbor in Christ.