As we enter the time the world calls the Easter season I think of times past and the lessons learned or unlearned from history. I remember that John F. Kennedy’s Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 1960’s when French President Charles DeGaulle decided to pull French troops out of NATO. To make his point clear DeGaulle pointed his finger at Rusk and said, “I want all US military out of France as soon as possible.” Secretary Rusk responded, “Does that include all those who are buried here?”
Sometimes, just as French President Charles DeGaulle, we forget the blessings that we have received and the thankful heart that we ought to posses! France forgot that it was the American troops that beat the Nazis and gave them their freedom. It is a shame but DeGaulle forgot the American families that gave the lives of their fathers, sons, brothers, and daughters to secure France’s freedom. He forgot that the blood that was shed on French soil was American blood! In the same way many times we get so concerned with our present situation that we forget the past. This seems to happen time and time again as we approach Resurrection Sunday. Oh, we are quick to remember our Easter bonnet, Easter Bunny, Easter candy and Easter egg hunt. Those things seem to be of paramount importance to us, but we forget the blood that was given for our spiritual freedom by the King of kings and the Lord of lords on Mount Calvary! We forget Christ and the church that he paid for with His own blood. Instead of celebrating the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ we begin to complain about the Church and about our brothers and sisters in Christ. We get “spiritual Alzheimer’s” instead of remembering how blessed we are to know that our sins have been forgiven and we begin to take things for granted. We like French President Charles DeGaulle forget about what is really important as America and the world celebrate Resurrection Sunday. You see, brothers and sisters, Resurrection Sunday is a day to remember our independence from Satan and the things of this world. Instead it is a day to remember our dependence on God Almighty.
It is at these times that we pray for our Father’s forgiveness and ask Him to help us to remember what is really important in this life.