Devotion and Prayer for Week of November 27, 2011

Meditation for the Week of November 27, 2011

 

We declare ourselves to be Easter People!

 

It has been several months since we declared that – He Is Risen – He Is Risen, Indeed.  I came across the title statement as a part of a communion liturgy. This is a bold statement to make- “We declare ourselves to be Easter People!” I could not help but wonder what does it mean when we make this statement? What are we espousing regarding our beliefs and lifestyle. What does this statement say to other people about us? How does Easter change us or better yet how does Easter define us? What is there about us, now that we have experienced and celebrated Easter? And as we begin the new church year with the first Sunday of Advent, it is good to reflect back to Easter. All of this thought is in sociological and academic terms, what is known as our worldview.

 

A worldview as described by Chuck Colson in his book How Now Shall We Live? “Is simply the sum total of our beliefs about the world, the big picture that directs our daily decisions and actions.” It is how we understand, evaluate and react to ideas, suggestions, pictures and information of all types. Obviously, it is important to understand our own worldviews as well as the worldview of others. We want to know the worldview of the people with whom we interact or the news reporters and politicians we see on television and hear on radio. Knowing their worldview helps us evaluate their statements and actions.

 

A Christian worldview has as its basis, God’s revelation in Holy Scripture. It is unfortunate that many Christians fail to comprehend that Holy Scripture is norm and basis for all of life. We have all too often confused secular, cultural and popular notions as the basis or decision factors for our thoughts and actions, instead of Scripture. All too often Christians have allowed politically correct speech and cultural norms to supplant and replace Holy Scripture as the guideposts for our daily actions. We have become afraid to call sin, sin, and have accepted the notion that there are no absolute truths.

 

If we are bold enough to proclaim, “We declare ourselves to be Easter People!” this means that we have to be bold enough to make a Christian worldview our norm and standard for behavior. For it is in Easter that the revelation of Holy Scripture becomes complete. We have the life, death, and resurrection of God’s Son Jesus Christ completed. Everything we need for salvation and life has been revealed to us in events completed on Easter Sunday.

 

A Christian worldview is a total life system. It is belief in God’s Holy Word; it is the acceptance of Jesus Christ as our personal savior; it is finding strength in the participation of word and sacrament in the body of believers; it is sharing the good news with all that you meet; it is practicing and growing in faith, practicing discipleship, and spiritual discipline in your life. In other words, a Christian worldview forms all our ideas and beliefs and directs all our actions. Are we bold enough to say? “We declare ourselves to be Easter People!”

 

Our Weekly Prayer

Lord as I have declared myself to be an Easter person, allow me to reflect on all that Jesus has done for me and all sinners who confess him as their Lord and Savior.  I recall that He turned sorrow into gladness and pain into the soul’s victory.  That He robbed death of its sting.  That He robbed sin of its power. Now may I recall that He also made peace more peaceful and joy more joyful and faith and hope more secure.  Thank You Jesus. Amen.