Tuesday, March 27, 2007

WON'T ARGUE EASTER

Easter is not something I care to argue.
Come Sonrise Service, you won't find me
trying to prove Resurrection to anyone.
I will proclaim it, o yes, and lift up
this many-faceted gem to the light.
But the cynically unconvincible
spoiling for a Resurrection row
may be disappointed with me.

Resurrection may as well be disproven as proven,
depending on which way you're inclined to lean.
The convinced cannot be unconvinced and
the unconvincible will keep citing exceptions
behind every source the convinced can cite.
At the end of the day we’re all
the worse for wear.

Easter is not something I care to argue.
I will, instead, endeavor to practice resurrection--
Not as illusion or blind faith
flying in the face of facts,
but as a reasonable faith
rooted in a reliable revelation,
reflected in contemporary testimonies,
resounding in my own heart,
and energized by transforming love.

In the church of my upbringing we used
to sing a gospel song that crescendos:
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart!”
It's not about trumping arguments or triumphalism,
But vibrant testimony from resurrected hearts.
It's not to discount disbelievers,
But to speak of my own experience
and live out its principles and patterns
in the dailiness of life.

Easter is not something I care to argue,
unless I may convince you by the logic of love.

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