Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | March 28, 2016

March 28, 2016 “Happy Easter…What”??

“Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man”.  (Luke 6:22)

Good morning everyone!

I read a rather disturbing article this past week regarding the decision of a number of candy makers to no longer market their seasonal candy as “Easter Candy.” They have decided that calling their confections “Easter candy” somehow lends more credence to Christianity as a world religion and would therefore become offensive to those of other faiths. I suspect that “Christmas candy” will be next on the list. Maybe “Valentine’s day” will succumb to the politically correct as well. A reexamination of “Halloween” might also be in order. Who knows how far such ridiculousness will go? The PC war is not so much against the observation of these “holidays” (there’s yet another word that the “PC” crowd may ultimately find troubling”), for they are worth millions to retailers. Rather, their objection is primarily against those of the faith they represent…Christianity. To a great extent, the secular world hates Christianity. They are not alone in this hatred of the faith. This very day, scores, if not hundreds, of Christians…perhaps even more…will be eradicated by those who hate what faith in the Risen Lord represents. This hatred has existed for centuries, as has spiritual warfare. It is little wonder that those who know and believe in Jesus Christ as Lord are called to arm themselves daily with “the whole armor of God”. Make no mistake…the war rages on. The Enemy, stung by his greatest defeat on Resurrection Day, is hell-bent on destroying every remaining vestige of God’s great army of believers. His primary weapons are guile, deceit, and hatred. While powerful, exposed by the burning light of Truth, they are no match for God’s Elect. Remember the words of Jesus and take heart in them:

“Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man”.  The battle belongs to the Lord! Let’s pray!

Heavenly Father; the battle may rage on, but you have already secured the victory through your Beloved Son. We lift high the Name of Jesus in the face of all adversity, knowing that even the Gates of Hell itself shall not prevail against it. Strengthen us to advance from victory unto victory in our lives. This we pray in the name of our Risen Lord and King, Jesus Christ. Amen!

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