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Easter Is a Holy Day

by

Karen Pansler Lam, J.D.

 

 

Easter is a holy day.


Matthew 28 records the first Christian Easter Day:

In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

And since the first Christian Easter Sunday, Christians have spread the glad tidings, “He is risen.”

Years ago, Christians wore new clothes, “Easter finery,” on Easter Sunday symbolizing the resurrection of Christ and our new life as a born-again Christian. Women and girls bought new dresses, shoes, spring coats in a pastel color as well as gloves, purses, and new hats to wear to church. Men and boys got new suits, shoes, shirts and ties.

Today, we don't dress up on Easter. We dress down...way down.

Some people argue that God doesn’t care how you dress for church – appearance doesn’t matter. Well, He cared about the appearance of the animals Israelites presented for a sacrifice…

Thou shalt not sacrifice unto the Lord thy God any bullock, or sheep,
wherein is blemish, or any evilfavouredness:
for that is an abomination unto the Lord thy God.
Deuteronomy 17:1

So, why would we present ourselves in God’s house as a living sacrifice with tattoos (Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:28); jeans (rebellion against the Old Church Order of reverence); tennis shoes, shorts, flip flops, other play clothes; and other sinful or disrespectful “blemishes.”

We must always offer our best to God, and therefore we should offer our best appearance when we present ourselves in His holy house.

Don’t let any pastor or religious leader deceive you…

It is not the sin of vanity to dress in our Sunday Best for the Lord’s Day, or to dress in Easter finery for Easter Sunday. However, the Bible instructs us to dress in modest apparel. But Rev. W.M. Statham explains modest dress does not mean renouncing adornment:

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel,
with shamefacedness and sobriety;
not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array.

1 Timothy 2:9.Modest adornment."That women adorn themselves in modest apparel." The gospel never permits asceticism. As God is the God of beauty, and nature is clothed with garments (like the high priest of old) of glory and beauty, so here we have the true idea carried out in religion. Women are "to adorn themselves." God's most beautiful work in creation, the human frame, is to be fitly appareled; for, to this day, art knows no higher subject than the human face and form. But—

I. MODESTY IS TO BE THE SPIRIT OF ALL ADORNMENT, because the nature of the being adorned is a sacred nature. Woman is the true guardian of virtue. Her manner, her temper, her spirit,—all these constitute the best defense of virtue.

II. DRESS IS THE SYMBOL OF CHARACTER. If there is absence of shame-heartedness, there will be absence of shame-facedness. The womanhood of that age had sunk very low. By turns woman had been the toy or slave of man. The gospel uplifted her; for we are all equal in the sight of God. There was neither male nor female there; and she must help the great ideal, and by modest apparel show the innate modesty of her thought and feeling. For, say what we like, dress acts upon the mind and character. Dress like a clown, and you will feel like a clown. Modest apparel need not be shorn of taste and refinement and true beauty. It is no dishonor to a woman that she likes dress. It is not Christian to destroy that taste; but that which becometh women professing godliness is modest though beautiful apparel.—W.M.S.
1 Timothy 2 - The Pulpit Commentaries - Bible Commentaries - StudyLight.org

God is the God of beauty. And it is not a sin for women to adorn themselves with beautiful dresses. And it is not a sin for men to clothe themselves with beautiful suits.

But some pastors have been indoctrinated with Rick Warren’s communist ideology of a classless church/society by dictating that we dress down (preferably jeans) when we attend church.

For example, Pastor Travis Agnew of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, South Carolina, follows Rick Warren’s communist ideology of a classless church...

Avoid Attire that Divides. In our culture, suits and dresses reveals financial stability within a home.  Unfortunately, not everyone has that type of finances to acquire such clothing.  Listen to what James has to say in 2:1 My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in,3 and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,”4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
Sunday Best (Does God Care What I Wear to Church?) – TravisAgnew.org

First, he writes, "Avoid attire that divides." In other words, avoid class distinctions. He is promoting a Marxist classless church/society.

Next, he writes, “In our culture, suits and dresses reveals financial stability within a home.  Unfortunately, not everyone has that type of finances to acquire such clothing.” What an ignorant argument! Suits and dresses do not reveal “financial stability within a home.” People choose not to buy suits and dresses for Sunday. Instead, they choose to squander their money on cable/satellite/cellphones/smartphones/tablets and other expensive technology with expensive monthly payments, expensive vehicles, lottery tickets and other gambling, movie tickets and theater snacks, and other wasteful spending.

Now for Agnew’s communist interpretation of Scripture...

“Pastor” Agnew does not understand James 2:1-4. James is not suggesting a classless church. There is no Scripture teaching this false doctrine. Christianity recognizes class distinctions. James is instructing us not to pay homage to a man because he is rich. We must judge a man by his character and moral worth.

Moreover, the Bible teaches we should be concerned with making a good appearance. The virtuous woman was concerned with her family making a good appearance.

She is not afraid of the snow
for her household:
for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
Proverbs 31:21

Matthew Henry comments: “All her household are clothed in scarlet, strong cloth and fit for winter, and yet rich and making a good appearance.”

Reverend W.J. Deane explains:

For all her household are clothed with scarlet; with warm garments. The word used is shanim, derived from a verb meaning “to shine,” and denoting a crimson or deep scarlet colour. This colour was supposed, and rightly, to absorb and retain heat, as white to repel it; being made of wool, the garments would be warm as well as stately in appearance.”
The Pulpit Commentary, “Proverbs,” v. 20, 600.

The virtuous woman was concerned not only with the practicality of her family’s clothing, but also their appearance. The virtuous woman believed that making a good appearance mattered for herself and her family every day.

Finally…

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you,
which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body,
and in your spirit, which are God's.
1 Corinthians 6:19, 20

If we truly believe our bodies are temples of the Holy Ghost, then we will clothe them with holiness and beauty.

Don't let any pastor or religious deceive you...

When we attend the Lord’s house on the Christian Sabbath – the Lord’s Day – we are presenting ourselves to Him. Therefore, we should present our best appearance.

Don't let anyone discourage you...

Wear new clothes, “Easter finery,” on Easter Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of Christ and our new life as a born-again Christian.

 

 

April 2022
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