This Sunday is Easter, the holiest day on the Christian calendar that celebrates the resurrection of the Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
In the secular world, this time of year is celebrated as the advent of spring and the renewal of life after the long darkness of winter.
Increasingly every year it seems that the secular view of this season has overtaken the religious.
Restaurants offer special “Easter Brunch” menus, but Eggs Benedict are a poor substitute for the bread and wine of the Holy Eucharist.
And while a hearty brunch might fill your stomach it will leave your soul wanting.
At the grocery store I frequent they put up the Easter candy, stuffed bunny rabbits, and Easter egg dye kits the day after St. Patrick’s Day.
And the candy will go on sale this Monday as they move out the Easter bunnies and move in the American flags and star spangled paper plates for Memorial Day picnics which will linger until the 4th of July.
But the meaning of our holiday’s especially religious ones has been all but lost.
Christmas and Easter seem to have more in common with old pagan or Roman holidays than Christian ones.
And Memorial Day and the 4th of July are more about 3-day weekends and cookouts than they are about honoring those who have gave their lives in defense of this country or the celebration of our freedom.
Religion is now openly mocked and ridiculed by what passes for comedy and entertainment today as Christians are portrayed as intolerant bigots. But it is the intolerance of their tormentors that has been exposed.
But the derision of religion in America is nothing compared to what is happening around the world.
On Palm Sunday last week dozens of Coptic Christians in Egypt were murdered by homicide bombers as they were at worship.
And the Yazidi Christians of Iraq suffered greatly as the world stood by and issued harshly worded statements while their men and boys were slaughtered and their women and girls sold into ISIS bondage for the pleasure of the beasts that enslaved them.
Yet in the face of this horror the Copts and the Yazidis did not renounce their God and on Easter Sunday the Copts of Egypt will celebrate in the same churches that were desecrated only a week ago and the displaced Yazidis will reaffirm their faith wherever two or three are gathered in His name.
You might ask why they continue to practice their religion in the face of such persecution or why they don’t renounce it to save themselves.
Your answer will be found in one word.
Faith is difficult in today’s world because it can’t be explained by data and there is no algorithm that Silicon Valley can develop to solve its mysteries.
Faith is just believing.
And it is why faith is unconquerable.
So here is your Cowboy Wisdom for the Week.
“Sorry looks back. Worry looks around. Faith looks up”.
Sorry and worry are the two things that will hold you back if you dwell on them.
Looking back and looking around should be replaced by looking forward.
And when things look darkest, don’t despair.
Look up and have faith.