Sincerity and Truth

1 Corinthians 5:8 Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Every year I get asked about my views on Easter. Why do I observe Passover? Is Easter really that bad? Who cares about candy, eggs, and bunnies right?

My initial thought is this:

Why are believers in Messiah celebrating everything but the appointed feasts?

It’s a good question. Do I think rabbits are inherently bad? Of course not. Is coloring eggs sinful? No. Eating candy won’t send you to hell.

It’s deeper than that.

There’s a lot of debate on the origins of Easter. I’m not going there. What I will say is I don’t find fault in itself with having a “resurrection Sunday” to celebrate Yeshua’s victory over death and the grave. I do have an issue with some of the the imagery and replacement of Passover and Unleavened Bread. Big issue.

I understand my mainstream friends love Messiah and want to honor His resurrection. They want to have a memorial of Calvary. But it leaves me feeling empty. Saddened. Like we’re throwing sparkles and glitter at one of the most holy moments.

So what does celebrating the festival with sincerity and truth mean? Not all scholars concur. Many believe Paul is simply saying to live like Christ redeemed them and no longer walk in sin. Old man vs new man concept. But I also believe, since Paul was a Pharisee, that he assumed believers would honor the feasts too.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

I’m thinking about what being a new creation in Christ is for me. I used to be a very critical, petty person. I nursed wounds and grudges like they were a child. It was important I was right and you knew it. I’d felt I had something to prove. My emotions ruled my life and often dictated my choices. Because I didn’t grow up nurtured, I became very independent. I thought of myself and my survival.

Then came The Savior.

Layer by layer He’s filed down the calluses, torn down walls, lit a fire, toned, strengthened, broken and reset me.

In the past I’ve had some beautiful refining moments during mainstream holidays. I once cherished Easter and Christmas. Now, I see that the world will always, always, offer a second-rate option. They do not have the answer. They can’t.

I pray that wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you take the time to study the Word for yourself. Do what it says. Be who it says you are and should be. We are not called to conform. We have been transformed by Christ. May we shine His light and truth in this world.

Sincere truth isn’t comfortable. But it’s lifesaving.

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