to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
To the Editor,
Easter Week, Is BYU-Idaho Anti Easter?
How does such a basic tenet of faith be overlooked, or is it lip service?
Families with children attending BYU-Idaho have to decide this week whether
to travel to school for the first day of classes, the day after Easter,
or spend time with family and worship together the day of Easter.
Administrators and faculty at BYU-Idaho, a faith based school, supported
by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, has some soul searching
to do of its own. Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
the greatest of all events, if true, in the history of the world. No
other feat or event and the resulting implications to boy, girl, man, woman
has been approached. In addition it marks a hallowed day, a sacred
day, Sunday, the day Christ was resurrected. I wonder what families
and those attending BYU-Idaho will attend services on Easter instead of
travelling to school for classes. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter
Day Saints even has a video inviting all to come and worship on Easter.
I guess BYU-Idaho administrators havenít seen this video or at least they
feel it applies to everyone except the families and the children attending
BYU-Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho. I know mistakes in calendaring can be
made. Mistakes also can be owned and corrected. If not, better
check calendar for upcoming winter semesters because they might, in the
future, start on December 26. (I submitted this last week to University).
No. 207 - 4/15/2019
A Holy Week interruption! With a possible apology to readers
who are unfamiliar with the phrase "Holy Week," but in recognition of the
researched fact that 75% of Americans still claim to be Christian, and
also a recognition that this week's column ignores the last part of RNR
#206 which asserted this week "a closer look at the emerging modern theory
of human beings and their potential" is being pushed off for another week.
Instead, reprinted here will be a column written in "Let Freedom Ring"
in 1983, shortly after Valentine's day and just before the "Holy
Week" which is recognized this week:
"Looking back some weeks, we saw the news all in red with hearts and
cards and candy and things, representing 'Valentine's Day.' A day
for expressing love.
"This week comes the end of Lent, with the memorial of Good Friday,
representing the greatest act of love of all time, the death on a cross
of Christ Jesus, the son of God and the brother to all, who died for love
of all of us. Just what is this love we hear about all the time?
"Is it that warm feeling that comes to all of us now and then?
Is it that driving force that heroes have which spurs them on to heroic
deeds? Or need one look to TV and movies where love is said to make
the world go round?
"Yes, very broad are the things which pass for love! In a flash,
it's clear that much of 'love' today must be grouped under the heading
of self-love or selfishness. Examples are every where and the tell-tale
characteristics are easy to see. This brand of love measures every
thing in terms of what's good for me. One 'falls in love' with people
so long as they please me. Such love shrinks and dies when the going gets
tough, and demands are made on me. This is the 'love me' kind of love.
All goes well and I love you, so long as you love me. Be nice
to me, make no demands on me. Be good to me. Take care of me. Do all this
and I will love thee.
"But there is another kind of love. The 'love you' kind of love. The
'Holy Week, Good Friday' kind of love. The brand which puts God first,
puts all ahead of me. The kind of love springing forth from self denial
and unselfishness. The 'givers' kind of love. The mortar that holds
family, community, and nation together, when times are tough and the chips
are down. Such love is the only real kind of love.
"We need to face the facts, folks. It's the 'love me' kind of love
in all of us that leads to all our problems. What else but the 'love
me' kind of love tolerates the economic and social evil seen all around
us? The huge deficits which threaten to strangle our children financially,
the breakup of family, the millions of aborted souls who are denied the
gift of life itself?
"It's the 'love me' kind of love represented by a quotation sent this
way by a reader: 'In Germany the Nazi first came for the communists, and
I didn't speak up... I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up...I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics...
I did not speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for
me... and there was no one left to speak for me.' We all need to rededicate
ourselves to God and country and others. Simply put, replace 'love
me' love with the 'love you' kind of love! The kind which would
solve many of our problems! (Maybe even diminish the hate we see all around
our nation today!)
A tough job! But then it is still a few days until 'Good Friday!'"
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