Years ago I took a large cross out on the day before Easter and preached out in the street. Some people became Christians that day, including a young gypsy guy who’d been driving past in a van – he later admitted he was off to do something illegal – he saw a man with a cross, stopped to listen to the message, and when I approached him he said, “Yeah – you got me.” Within minutes he gave his life to the Lord of the cross. Oh happy day
That same day, I was approached by a furious woman, who told me in no uncertain terms that this was ‘the wrong day to do this.’ It would have been okay to carry a cross in some solemn religious procession on Good Friday, but didn’t I know this was Easter Saturday – the wrong day!
Well, today is in fact Holy Saturday so she was doubly wrong, because it is also the day of salvation!
A couple of years ago I received an irate letter from a local person here because one of our posters had the audacity to announce that Jesus was alive, in Lent. I replied that in fact Jesus is alive – all the time.
I wish I could say I have stopped being amazed at the ability of religious people to major on minors, pick up the wrong end of the stick, then beat you over the head with it. However, that’s not the case.