To Keep Watch

There are a lot of reasons not to believe Christianity. And, there are a lot of reasons to prefer deism, agnosticism, and/or atheism. I constantly entertain them.

The position without almost any colorable basis is the one that eliminates the right to consider it all, as a person of conscience before the Creator/universe.

Apparently, even in the twenty-first century, China still thinks this is an acceptable way to govern. I speak in very few absolutes. But, in this case, it is not (acceptable). One of China’s largest illegal “home” churches, Shouwang, had planned an Easter celebration yesterday. Some 500 individuals were literally prevented from leaving their homes to attend, and in excess of 30 church leaders were actually detained. Police were posted around the entrance to the outdoor pavilion to turn attendees away.

And, that’s sort of the irony of the story. Governments have been trying to lock people out of Easter since the very first one. That is literally the story of Easter — Rome thought Easter could be thwarted with guards and a stone. But, Easter isn’t some door to lock. It’s a houseless home.

When I visited the various sites speculated to be the tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem, as a younger man, I had this urgency to know in my heart the true one. Naively, I prayed for some private revelation. As I turned to leave the inside of the tomb, there was a sign above the door quoting the words of the angel, “He is not here, He is Risen.” Well, of course.

Easter is locationless. It can’t be barred or shuttered or canceled. Today, in my personal view of the world, seen and unseen, I celebrate the possibility that the God of it all did something extraordinary and, in Kierkegaard’s words, untranslatable on my behalf. To others it is reasonably senseless myth.

But as we grow in technology, morality, and knowledge, let us never starve our spiritual selves or deny to others the chance to nourish theirs. To Keep Watch – Shouwang.

Performed by ipoet. Music produced by Sundance.

Today’s song blog here:

Houseless Home

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