Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Litigation for Mr. Christ

Our good friends over at the Alliance Defense Fund brought us this gem a few months back.

Darkest before the dawn
Inside the Issues with Alan Sears

March 25, 2008

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said."
- Matthew 28:1-6a

My family watched "The Passion of the Christ" this weekend. Though I have seen the movie on several occasions, I am overwhelmed each time I see its vivid portrayal of the Gospel. It also strikes me that the film's conclusion is not a Hollywood ending... the scars do not disappear, the impact of the lashes upon Christ's back is not imagined. But praise to God, it is a holy ending, because death is swallowed up in victory and the gift of eternal life is extended to all who believe and accept our Savior as Lord.


Easter weekend truly encompasses all of human emotion.

Really? Why would that be? Please give some evidence

Our sins and Christ's death weigh so heavily on Friday, as we remember His suffering and our responsibility. It gives us perhaps a brief glimpse of what life without hope looks like, which is what many of Jesus' disciples and followers surely experienced that long-ago Friday and Saturday.

Sounds like a bummer, especially for a fairy tale.

Sunday morning brings the dawn...and life...and hope. A hope that is only possible through a knowledge of our Savior's death and resurrection.

Or possible via love and happiness! I prefer that view, but if you really want guilt and suffering, you have my sympathy on that odd choice.

This new dawn comes after the darkest moment, and its brilliance is nearly blinding.

Perhaps explaining why it doesn’t hold up to close scrutiny.

America was founded as a nation that cherished and protected religious freedom.

Yay! A true statement!

Freedom that has provided the opportunity for so many to hear this message of hope and to be forever changed by it. Easter weekend is a reminder of what God has done, but it also reminds me of what He has called this ministry to do.

Maintain our freedoms! Especially our religious freedoms, which includes the freedom to not be religious at all.

The Alliance Defense Fund is a legal alliance defending the right to hear and speak the Truth through strategy, training, funding, and litigation. In other words, we exist to protect your right to share the message of Christ with those who still live without hope. By God's grace, we are winning victories from coast to coast, and reclaiming rights that had previously been lost.

And those victories are what exactly?

Through your continued and prayerful support, we will continue to fight these legal battles, knowing that together, on our knees, we can win. It may be darkest before the dawn, but by God's grace...dawn does come.

I wish you luck, provided that you’re not stomping on other people’s rights and beliefs such as when you want to have prayer in schools, put “In God We Trust” on our money, and pass laws saying that atheists, because they are atheists, aren’t competent to sit on juries, or murder people on the theory that the guy only you can hear has told you to.

You see, it’s those little setbacks in your doctrine that leaves us a tad worried about you!

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