But I am shocked to notice that most Churches in Houston don’t bother to have such a Good Friday service anymore. Some young committed Christians I spoke to seemed ignorant (or just indifferent) of the Noon to 3:00 PM format of the Good Friday service that is celebrated the world over. The popular culture enthralls itself with Easter Eggs and the Easter Bunny. At work, people wish each other ‘Have a great Holiday Weekend’. Christians wish each other ‘Happy Easter’. Every one skips ‘Good Friday’ as though it were something unpleasant to be swept under the carpet. I am little shocked to say the least. It seems to me that the Christian Traditions in the US is sort of upside-down. It seems to me that just as the Disciples deserted Christ when he had to hang for 3 hours on the Cross, most Churches are deserted during the commemoration of those 3 sacrilegious hours the Cosmos cringed witnessing.
‘Good Friday’ getting less importance is perhaps just the ‘symptom’ of a flawed understanding of the centrality of the Crucified Lord to the Gospel. The ‘root cause’ of this problem of the Crucified Lord being sidelined is because our Church sermons seldom focus the Cross or the Crucified Lord. The Church sermons we hear often belie an ‘anxiety’ on the part of the Preacher to make the congregation REMAIN STUCK to the Church either by making them ‘feel good’ and entertained, or by making them ‘feel guilty’ by hitting them with the law, or by making them ‘feel loved’ in the propped-up Church community-life. Different people, depending on what their ‘psyche’ finds ‘attractive’ remain stuck to some variation of the sorts of ‘Crucified Lord-less’ Churches just described. If the Church continues to deal with the Crucified Lord as something to be swept under the carpet, it would no longer be the Corner Stone that causes the wise of the wider society to stumble (Rom 9:30-33).
1 Cor 1
22) Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23) but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles… 25) For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength
Wish you all a Solemn Good Friday and a Joyous Easter!!!