Thursday, April 9, 2015
2 little words
As I scrolled through my Facebook News Feed on Sunday, I smiled as Friends and Family posted Easter Greetings. Some posted pictures of their family all dressed in matching spring outfits. Some posted pictures of their kids knee deep in Easter goodies. One post stood out to me above all the others. I have not been able to let go of it, even now. It was simple. Just 2 words. At first I thought that this was in response to something someone had posted on this person's timeline, but when I went to investigate, I discovered that it was a stand alone post. Just 2 little words.
When I left this person's FB and went back to my news feed, the meaning of the 2 word post sucker punched me in the gut. All over my news feed, friends and family were posting 3 little words.
"He has risen!"
To which one friend replied those 2 little words:
Even now, it makes my heart race a little. Not because I think that this person does not know who rose. Not because I believe that this person has never heard of Jesus Christ. Quite the opposite really.
Here in the south, there are few, if any who are unaware of why Christians celebrate Easter. I know that this person knows exactly who the Christians on FB were referring to.
I thought that perhaps this was simply a religious statement. More of a "Not everyone is a Christian" exclamation. I do remember that this person is of a faith that does not recognize Jesus as Messiah. Perhaps this was just a way for this person to support their faith? So, I checked out the person's FB again today. Sadly, it was filled with criticisms, rants, and all sorts of negativity. I've rarely been confronted with someone who is so obviously filled with hate.This understanding is what makes my heart race a little. Not because this person hasn't been told the Good News, but because 2 little words let me know that they had rejected it.
These 2 little words scream, "Your Jesus is not important to me," and "Your Jesus has no bearing on my life."
Here in the South, in the "Bible Belt", most people claim to be a Christian, and I am rarely confronted with anyone who blatantly stands against Christ. 2 little words reminded me that not everyone believes. Some still openly reject Him.
We still have a lot of work to do.
For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. John 3:17