Adam Piggott

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This Easter Sunday we need to go back to church

Tomorrow is Good Friday, the day that Christ died to save us from our sins. Sunday is Easter Sunday, the day that He rose from the dead. It’s a four day weekend in Australia, often a five day weekend for some. People use the time to get away for what is often the last gasp of summer before winter sets in down under. There will be surf and sand, beers and bbqs; just the sort of lazy indulgences that hard working people need every once in a while.

But this week in Australia a man lost his job and had his contract torn up because of his religious views. His Christian faith has been deemed unacceptable and not in line with the more enlightened attitudes of today. Apparently we are wiser than the good men who wrote the Bible.

But that same religion is why most Australians are able to enjoy an extended stay at the beach this weekend. Perhaps many of them will discuss Isreal Folau’s apparent foolishness as they enjoy free time based on the dying vestiges of the religion that he faithfully follows. They will not go to church to celebrate but they will crack another cold one and declare that Australia is the best country in the world, mate.

When I grew up in the 70s my family went to church. I went to Sunday school and I attended a Christian Brothers College, Trinity College in Perth. But one weekend we suddenly didn’t go to church. I was 12 and I didn’t know why but I thought, cool, more time to play!

Our family never went back to church. There was no explanation as to why we stopped attending; we just stopped going. It was not spoken about. But a year later my parents split up and then they got divorced, a bitter and traumatic period that destroyed my own childhood. One sin followed another.

In a way, my own life accurately charts the decline of faith in my native land. The timings are in line with the collective dropping away of church attendance in Australia. And now 30 years later a man is stripped of his livelihood for still actively worshiping that same faith while miserable journalists wring their hands and wail and wonder at why he will not just shut up and take all the money.

Such a stand is seen as outlandish precisely because it is now so uncommon.

This week the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris caught fire and was partially destroyed. Many other writers have already commented that it is a symbol for our time and for the desperate straits that Christianity now finds itself. But Christianity is also our Western nations. If Christianity falls then we also fall. We are intertwined, and that nation that you love so much will be no more if Christianity disappears entirely. We are not above religion and we are not better people than those who lived before us. On the contrary, we are much worse.

This holy Easter weekend is your individual opportunity to begin the process of setting things right. If we are going to win this battle then we must have skin in the game. You cannot say one thing and do something else entirely. The only thing that matters is actions. Words are useful but ultimately useless if they are not followed by deliberate steps. We must begin the process of regaining our nations from the people that we despise and we begin that process by believing once again in one of the bedrocks that founded our nation and which our parents turned away from so many years ago.

So this Easter Sunday we need to go back to church. Nothing else matters.

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11 Comments

  1. Xxxxxx

    Happy Easter Adam. I was raised Catholic but left due to certain dogmas that seemed so ridiculous to me at the time ( ie virgin birth) But I never strayed far, due in large part to the very dedicated and the truly humanitarian Christians I knew growing up. I attended Marist Bros in Perth a few years ahead of you at Trinity. The church is truly the people and the people, the church. The clergy may be corrupt but the church will always remain strong through the people. I think the time is drawing close where either we call forth our Christian character ( and heritage) or we will all perish. That is all.

  2. TD

    During my commute to work, I saw grafitti on the side of some train cars as the locomotive crossed the bridge above the road that I was driving on. It said “GOD IS ALIVE”. Appropriate for this time of year.

  3. TD, Michael Green, who recently passed away, wrote a book in 1976 called “You Must Be Joking”. Cover showed a hippie painting up a sign saying “God is Dead” and the title words coming down from above. I remember it because Michael was a close friend of the families.

    I left the church (raised a Brethren) because it just didn’t make sense to me. I lost faith I guess, and didn’t know where to go. Since then I married and divorced a woman who was a drug addict (well, not when I married her, as far as I knew), my sister has had a child out of wedlock, and my other sister has embraced the alternative lifestyle (although not gay herself). My parents soldier on in the church but even there they seem to have abandoned the traditional brethren beliefs about headship and the role of women in the church. It still doesn’t make sense to me but since I don’t have children the only person I am potentially hurting is myself. I am sometimes tempted to go back just to boost the numbers but I think I would just be frustrated as I sat and listened to things I didn’t believe. I wouldn’t say I was atheist, more agnostic, but I do hope for a revival.

    The only problem I see is that the revival will be in a church that has driven away its followers with its rejection of many of the articles that made it work to begin with. The churches will not stand up to enforce biblical doctrine and any that do risk being tarred with the “hatred” brush. How is that ever going to work?

  4. “close friend of the family” not “families”. Makes us sound like the Mafia. 🙂

  5. Michael F Adams

    A joyous Feat of the Resurrection to you and all those close to you. Yes, I’ll be in church, this evening, tomorrow at sundown, Saturday evening, for the Vigil, and Sunday morning. We’ll have a huge lunch Sunday afternoon at my son’s house, with him, his wife, her aunt and uncle and our four grandchildren. The three older kids will read the Gospel before we eat.

    Yes God is alive, and h is Spirit still nourishes us,. thanks be to Him!

  6. Phil B

    I was brought up a catholic and still believe that Christianity is the most important force for good in the world in appealing to mankinds better nature (unlike a certain RoP that appeals to mans most base instincts).

    I was taught and believe that Easter is the most important feast – hrist promised everlasting life and resurrection and he delivered on that promise by dying and returning from the dead. far more important then Christmas.

    However, I did not leave the church. The catholic church left me with its communist preachings and modernisation tendencies.

    But I am an old, white, male git and therefore irrelevant nowadays.

  7. Al Jahom

    As someone who is only just start of the journey back to Christianity, I’ll have to settle for beginning to re-familiarise myself with the Bible, and reflecting on the plight of Christians around the world, and by extension what the future holds for them in the West.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFhUfRSH8os

    As for churches, I’m very confused by sects, denominations and congregations, and very concerned about SJW-convergence and ecclesiastical corruption, so I really don’t know where to start. I wasn’t born into a church… my father is of Catholic stock and my mother Protestant. Their differing backgrounds caused them such immense family difficulties and animus when they were getting married, that they turned their back on religion and raised us with no roots in the church at all. I don’t think there was ever a Bible in amongst the mass of books in our house, but fortunately I went to school at a time when Christianity was still a core part of our curriculum.

    So, I’d welcome any and all informed advice.

    • I think that you have to find a church which has no women in leadership roles and where the pastor does not buy into any progressive fads, most notably homosexuality, refugees, and female empowerment.

      As to what denomination, I’m sticking to Catholic as the protestants in general are far too SJW inclined.

  8. Church I grew up in is near here (30 minute drive). Thought I might hit easter service but I also don’t want to be recognized as I don’t want the pressure (it’s been over thirty years so maybe…).

    First picture on the website, close friend of the family. Gah!

    Always was an open and welcoming place, but also was very traditional. Was designed as an outreach to the youth in the late sixties. Homosexuals were welcome to attend but had to commit to abstinence, etc. Guitars and a band when that wasn’t fashionable for worship music.

    Church info, Lead Pastor, black lady named Vania. Not where I want to start my return. Too bad. Last place I felt comfortable in a church. My parents moved to a startup when I was a teen and I never did fit in, had hoped that returned to my roots might be a start. Guess not.

  9. Rollory

    Some data points which, I believe, illustrate a certain pattern:

    Four centuries ago under the reign of Louis XIV of France, not going to church on Sunday was punishable by death. This was a formalization of practices that had been in place for centuries.

    When Edward Gibbon had the first volume of “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” published, it caused a scandal for noting that the biblical descriptions of celestial events at the death and resurrection weren’t recorded in any other contemporary observations, in a very literate and observant society. Gibbon himself was very nearly an outcast from polite society for a while as a result, and was denounced by multiple prominent people as a damned unbeliever.

    100 years ago, Frazer’s “The Golden Bough” examined Christianity as part of broader anthropological patterns, using an incredible quantity of experimental evidence gathered from thousands of societies all over the world to support the basic argument. It was greeted with cautious enthusiasm in various quarters, although Christian apologists went to some effort to discredit and debunk it.

    70 years ago, going to church was the norm, although not going was accepted.

    Today, regular churchgoers are a minority. Standing up in a church and espousing the clear and unambiguous language in the Bible on certain topics will get you denounced and thrown out. Espousing the exact same arguments in a non-biblical or non-religious context gets you denounced as a hateful -ist of some type, and excluded from any ability to make a living income.

    How will going to church solve this?

    People don’t BELIEVE.

    Going to church was a consequence of the belief. The societal standards were a consequence of the belief. The cathedrals were a consequence of the belief. The belief came first. Everything else resulted.

    The belief has been going away, for a long, long time.

    How will going to a church cause people to believe something that they quite simply don’t?

    You can’t roll back the clock. The Christian era as we have known it, for good or ill, is drawing to a close. It is going to be replaced by something else. We can hope it will be something better. We can work for it. We might even get something that draws on core elements of Christianity. But the old days are gone, and they will not come back. What is coming will be new, and it will be born, as all things are, in pain.

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