Local pastors discuss Easter

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor

Editor’s note: The PNT talked with local clergy about their views on the Easter holiday.

David McFadden,
First Baptist Church

Q. What is the most important message of Easter for our day and time?
A. Following the gloom of the cross is the glory of the resurrection. God can bring victory out of that which appears to be defeat. Through the cross, Christ has paid the price for the sins of the world.

Q. Do you believe it’s difficult for people to believe in a resurrection? Why or why not?
A. Perhaps it is for some … because of the “I’ll believe it when I see it” mentality. There is plenty of evidence for the truth of a resurrection if folks just consider it.

Q. Is the commercialization of Easter and Christmas a bad thing?
A. Yes, insofar as when the true message is lost. I find it interesting in a culture where it’s hard to have a manger scene in public that people don’t have any problem taking Good Friday off.

Dave McVey,
Central Christian Church

Q. What is the most important message of Easter for our day and time?
A. Hope — hope through faith in Christ, (knowing) there’s more to it than just this life on earth. Even though things seem dark, there’s always hope.

Q. Do you believe it’s difficult for people to believe in a resurrection? Why or why not?
A. Sure, I think it’s difficult to believe in a resurrection because you’ve never seen one before. It was hard for the disciples to believe. … They didn’t believe it was going to be a literal resurrection.

Q. Is the commercialization of Easter and Christmas a bad thing?
A. I think retailers wouldn’t say it’s bad. I think it’s good for the economy. I think sometimes commercialization detracts from the true meaning of Christmas and Easter. I’m not anti-commerce, but it can be a problem.

Amy Jordan,
Elida United Methodist

Q. What is the most important message of Easter for our day and time?
A. We are not without hope. Through Christ, God has offered us freedom, eternal life and a love that is without measure and undisputed.

Q. Do you believe it’s difficult for people to believe in a resurrection? Why or why not?
A. Yes, I do. I think it’s extremely difficult to believe in a resurrection. There’s so much writing on it. Believing in it means we have to take the whole package. We’re a people of small vision.

Q. Is the commercialization of Easter and Christmas a bad thing?
A. I think commercialization is (a bad thing), yes. We as Christians need to be very careful how we spread the good news, and those without Christ need to know there’s more to those highly significant days than Easter bunnies an Santa Claus.