Posted by: ritagone | April 4, 2012

Being “Easter People”

“We are Easter people living in a Good Friday world.”  This is a quote from late author Barbara Johnson, and brother, does it speak to my heart as we approach Easter, 2012!  Because if ever we are in a Good Friday world, this year is already one for the books.

Now I suppose believers were saying the same thing in 1912 or in 1612, or, even more likely, in 12!!  Because wherever you have civilization and people trying to live together, you have dissension, hatred, animosity, cheating, bigotry, and every conceivable malevolence humankind is capable of since the Fall.  But what we have that is different in the 21st century is the ability (or the curse, depending on how you look at it) to unearth and know the debauchery and evil that is taking place all around the world almost instantaneously via the media and the technology that is available to us as individuals.  Tweeting, emailing, phoning: none of these methods of communication were available even 50 years ago.  Television and radio were also in their infancy stages 50 years ago.  Think about how the technology has so rapidly improved and morphed into what it is today and what it can do, what we now depend on it doing for us without a second thought about it anymore or comment.

I’m reading a very interesting book called “Moonwalking with Einstein” by Joshua Foer, about memory and how to increase the brain’s ability to store information and data, much as a computer does.  Hundreds of years ago, the only way to store information – before the written word – was to memorize it, which was why such value was placed on those whose job it was in life to do just that: to memorize stories and poetry and words handed down from father to son to the next generation and on and on.  Think about it, because I know I hadn’t until I read about this phenomenon in the book:  before recordings, music was played and then gone.  You could hum the melody in your head and then hum it out loud to save it and pass it along to others.  But that was it.  A great piece of music, a great concerto, for example, was heard and then disappeared into the ether.   Stories were saved only by the telling and re-telling of them, because that was the only way they were captured until man learned to write them down and eventually to print them in book form.
Now information such as music and literature is stored in digital form, thousands and thousands of volumes of writings and musical notes saved on storage discs the size of your thumb.

Amazing, isn’t it?

And who knows how much more advanced the technology will be 20 or 30 years from now?  In “Moonwalking with Einstein,” there is much speculation as to what our children and grandchildren will be wearing in the way of information devices that would boggle our minds today were we to see them: recorders that fit into your eyeglasses or even inserted surgically into your eye, music devices that insert into your ears and remain there from birth, and other amazing scientific advancements that are on the horizon, for good or ill.

And yet, given all these advances that have taken us from primitive life to mind-blowing technology, we are still first and foremost up to no good when it comes to our fellow man.  We are still beating one another up and stealing and cheating and having adulterous affairs.  None of that has changed and most likely never will until Jesus Christ returns to make all things right again.

Isn’t that amazing too?  That a species so clever, so advanced in scientific and technological discovery can be so backward when it comes to morals and humane treatment of one another?

I find that rather shocking, to be honest.  And the only way that I can account for it is by reading what God says about us in the Bible.  It’s the only description that makes sense and fits with what I see around me.  That mankind has fallen from perfection of his creation and continues to blow it because internally he is marred and damaged, that no matter how sophisticated his tools and weapons and technology, he will never be in alignment with his Creator until and unless he has a re-birth that gets him back to “ground zero” in his soul.

Which brings us rather stunningly full circle to Easter Sunday coming up, and Barbara Johnson’s astute picture of us if we know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior: Easter people in a Good Friday world.  No matter what you put in our hands or on our desks that rings or shows movies or tells us what the news is halfway around the world, we are still in need of a Savior, and we are constantly reminded in this fallen world that Jesus Christ died and rose from the dead to be that Savior for us.

Happy Easter to all who are reading this!

In this Good Friday world, being an Easter person is a pretty darned good thing to be!

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  1. Excellent. So well expressed, Rita.


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