Today is Good Friday. It has always puzzled me why we call it “Good” since this is the most horrible day of the crucifixion of Christ. Then I learned that it is called “Good” because it led to the Resurrection of Jesus and His victory over death and sin.
I live in the United States of America. This is my beloved country, but today I must look to another country and its leader, to wish me and my readers a “Happy Easter”.
Why must I look so far away? Sad as it is, most likely we here in the U.S. will not receive such a message as you will hear in the video below. I hope that I will be wrong, but we will see. So, I am thanking the Brits for this sincere, in-depth message of Easter, one of the most important days in the Christian faith. History will reveal leaders who were not afraid to claim the Christian faith and its importance to peace in the world.
Throughout the writing of the United States Constitution and other important matters, our Founding Fathers called for prayer and sermons to help in their decision making. A letter from John Adams, who originally came from Great Britain, 2nd President of the U.S, wrote in 1810 to Benjamin Rush, a doctor who came from Scotland, concerning the Christian faith and the varied beliefs of it:
“Christian religion, as I understand it, is the brightness of the glory and the express portrait of the character of the eternal, self-existent, independent, benevolent, all powerful and all merciful creator, preserver, and Father of the universe, the first good, first perfect, and first fair. It will last as long as the world. Neither savage nor civilized man, without a revelation, could ever have discovered or invented it. Ask me not, then, whether I am a Catholic or Protestant, Calvinist or Arminian. As far as they are Christians, I wish to be a fellow-disciple with them all.”
Our country was founded on those who left their homeland to be a part of the New World. They did it for many reasons. They fought the fight to become independent from the country we now call our “friend.” No longer enemies, but shoulder to shoulder, we have stood with Great Britain during terrible World Wars and against mutual foes who would enslave the world. Thousands of America’s best lay in graves here and abroad. More recently, the men and women of Great Britain and the U.S. have joined together in the fight against terrorists abroad and at home. Let them take a lesson from history. We are not nations that will give up the fight. Our heritage means too much to us. We know our way of life and freedom we share is worth giving all we have to insure that none will have died in vain and our young people will have life, liberty and a continual pursuit of happiness. The blood lines and heritages of many Americans stretch “across the pond” from which their relatives first came. Now, we must stand with them and our allies in Europe who are suffering great attacks from a different enemy. We thank the Christian military chaplains and Christian missionaries and doctors who have faithfully served people around the world. We pray for the Christians who are under great persecution.
Thank you, Prime Minister David Cameron, for your inspirational Easter message in 2015 to the people of Great Britain. We receive it here, on this soil far across the Atlantic ocean, at the Easter season, 2016.
March 25, 2016 | Categories: Boyer Writes, Christianity, Easter Season, History, Ideologies and Beliefs, Inspirational, Leadership, Religious Faith, World Religions | Tags: Benjamin Rush, Boyer Writes, chaplains, Christian nations, Christianity, Easter, Good Friday, Great Britain, History, Inspirational, inspirational Easter message, John Adams, missionaries, Prime Minister David Cameron | Comments Off on Day 3 Crossing the Ocean for an Easter Message