To the editor,
Regarding Rev Mel Perkins’ comments (Journey, April 2014, pages 6 and 7).
The Easter story doesn’t disturb me. The way the church interprets it does.
I agree with Rev Peter Lockhart that we are “almost obsessed with the sin and death part” of the Easter story. I am frustrated by the doom and gloom of Easter—especially Tenebrae services and the “defeat” of Good Friday. Easter Sunday is happy enough, but my question is, why aren’t all our Easter services happy and victorious?
Many years ago a minister ended his sermon with, “At the crucifixion, the angels were aghast and the fiends from hell rejoiced.” I asked him, shouldn’t it be the other way around? After some thought, he was grinning like a Cheshire cat, which I took as agreement. If it is all right for the angels (aware of the bigger picture) to rejoice in the victory of the cross all through Easter, why isn’t it right for us?
Nambour Uniting Church