Andrew Bolt, not the most biblically informed journalist, nevertheless, Bolt has published My Easter Message at the Herald Sun. Bolt gives a good “homily” on how the cultural trend of bashing Christians in the media and arts is sheer cowardice. I particularly like this quote:
So when I see a Western artist mock Christ, I see an artist advertising not his courage but his cowardice – by not daring to mock what would threaten him more.
He concludes with:
We live in a society, founded on Christian principles, that guards our right to speak, and even to abuse things we should praise.
We can now vilify Jesus and damn priests, and risk nothing but hard looks from a soft bishop, and a job offer from The Age.
We dare all that because we do not actually fear what we condemn. We know Christians are taught not to punch our smarmy face, and we even count on it. Indeed, it is the very faith we mock that has made us so safe.
This is one reason why I, an agnostic, will today do what I do every Easter, and play Bach’s divine St Matthew Passion while I sit for a while and give thanks.
I will be thanking again not only a preacher of astonishing moral clarity and courage, but one who inspired a faith that has brought us unparalleled gifts – including the freedom to create even a chocolate Jesus in this most holy of weeks.