by Revd Alan Price
Sensational headlines telling us of the latest atrocities performed by Islamic State or other extreme Islamist groups are becoming so frequent, we almost take them for granted. Whilst it must be remembered that more Muslims have been killed than Christians, in this article I want to consider the problem faced by fellow-Christians.
Persecution of Christians can be traced historically based on the biblical account of Jesus in the 1st century AD to the present time. Early Christians were persecuted for their faith at the hands of both Jews from whose religion Christianity arose and the Roman Empire which controlled much of the land across which early Christianity was distributed. Early in the 4th century, Christianity was legalized, eventually becoming the State church of the Roman Empire.
Couldn’t Put Humpty Together Again
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Humpty Dumpty is a children’s poem generally regarded as nonsense:
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;
All the king’s horses, and all the king’s men, couldn’t put Humpty together again.
That may seem a strange question – surely it’s an event, rather than something that has a meaning? But if the “Christian” Christmas is struggling to keep its head above the secular, non-religious, festival, Easter seems be struggling more, even amongst Christians! Children at a Church-sponsored Primary school were asked about Easter, and many genuinely didn’t know what it was about!
Many readers will remember when Good Friday was almost like a Bank Holiday, when many shops and businesses closed. Many people ate no meat that day as a kind of fast in observing the special-ness of the day. Holy Saturday was a normal day, but then Easter Sunday was a real celebration, with many more than usual coming to church and an even greater sense of it being an extra-special day. Many people felt that if there was one day in the year when one attended their local church, Easter Sunday was that day.