On this day, the Christian world rejoices. They sing, pray, praise, and give thanks. They exalt a man/God/prophet who reportedly rose from the dead millennia ago. They love him for his kindness and wisdom, because of his sacrifice on our behalf. Because of him everyone can be saved and go to heaven. On this day, as on Christmas day, all is right with the world.
But what about tomorrow and a week from now and a month from now? Are those who believe so devoutly in God and the teachings of Jesus likely to be kind, giving, and sacrificing? Some yes. Many maybe. Most no. Why is that? Why can’t Christians be Christlike 24/7/365? Because everyone is different and there is inequality in life and opportunity. Because human beings are complex, capable of goodness and cruelty and everything in between. Because day-to-day living requires concentration on surviving, making money, getting ahead, raising families, and facing tragedy, disaster, and suffering.
Whether one believes Jesus is the son of God or a prophet or just a historical figure, his message and attitude are significant in how we conduct our daily lives. Jesus loved EVERYONE, accepted EVERYONE, forgave EVERYONE. His unselfish doctrine is what his life and death have been about. Whether you believe in Jesus as the savior of souls or not, you should believe in – and practice – his principles of charity, tolerance, and love. Love, above all else, will heal the ills of this planet.