By David Snell,
President, Fuller Center for Housing
Easter is coming early this year and winter is staying late. Makes it hard to feel springlike when the folks up north are still shoveling snow! Down here in South Georgia, the trees are starting to bud and some are in flower, so there's hope.
The good news is that the weather doesn't have much effect on the miracle of Easter, the one holiday that truly defines Christianity. Many religions teach kindness and call on their believers to care for one another. Only one, though, can claim the redemption that comes through Jesus' death and the promise of salvation that comes through his resurrection. In three short days, Christ fundamentally defined the relationship between God and humankind.
Those two miraculous events, while they define our belief system, we will most appreciate when we come to the end of this life. It's what He taught during the three years before His death and resurrection that should guide how we behave before we get to there.
His message was a simple one — love one another. He walked us through a number of ways of doing that, but the basic message was always the same — love one another. He gave special attention to the poor and the oppressed and He was always more interested in the lost sheep than in the righteous. That could be due to the fact that lost sheep are generally more interesting than the ones who stay closer to the flock. At least that's been my experience.