Australians celebrate ANZAC Day on April 25 annually.
This has many elements:
- honouring the people who gave themselves in the service of our country in war
- celebrating the freedom that we enjoy
- reminding ourselves of the cost of freedom
- hoping that never again will people be called to make such sacrifice
No-one in Australia doubts the importance of this, whatever their individual position on various individual conflicts. In many ways ANZAC commemorations transcends the political agenda. This, I think, is a good thing.
- How surprised then I was then when watching the ABC program Q&A to see various panelists dismiss outright the significance of Easter.
- Have we forgotten that our society was founded out of a Judeo-Christian context and that Jesus who sacrificed himself was and is central to this (at least the Christian part anyway) ?
- How is it that we can honor the sacrifice of ANZAC’s while ignoring the sacrifice of Jesus at the same time?
- How is it that we can be thankful for the freedom that soldiers have made possible while ignoring the spiritual freedom that comes through Savior Jesus?