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Renowned author and Christian apologist C.S Lewis said, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

Easter Sunday 2.4 billion Christians, a third of the world's population, will celebrate the resurrection of their savior. Christianity’s most holy day is the culmination of Holy Week.

Christ’s resurrection is foundational to the Christian faith. While most religions claim a leader who was born and died, only Christianity claims one who died and rose again. The resurrection makes Jesus not just “A” son of God, but “The” son of God.

Christianity requires faith, but it does not require blind faith. Dozens of renowned first century scholars, writers and political leaders wrote about the resurrection.

The Apostle Paul recorded in 1 Corinthians 15:6 that on one post-resurrection occasion Jesus appeared before more than 500 people. Because both faith and fact support the Christian celebration of Easter, Christians have every reason to be happy and optimistic.

Many Christians believe with good reason that their faith is under attack. The actions of our own government and pop culture to oppress Christian ideology, coupled with the threat of terrorism driven by a band of Islamic radicals, are reason for concern and vigilance.

But the good news for Christians is that because they serve a risen Lord, they have the promise that he will one day return, and that even in death we will be in his presence.

I value my First Amendment rights and the principles our nation was founded on and believe they are worth fighting for, but as a Christian, I know my eternal hope does not rest in them. Easter assures the Christian that in spite of all the bad, in spite of all the troubles of this world, our future is secured.

Once again, C.S. Lewis: “The Christian doctrine of suffering explains, I believe, a very curious fact about the world we live in. The settled happiness and security which we all desire, God withholds from us by the very nature of the world: but joy, pleasure, and merriment, He has scattered broadcast. We are never safe, but we have plenty of fun, and some ecstasy. It is not hard to see why. The security we crave would teach us to rest our hearts in this world and oppose an obstacle to our return to God: a few moments of happy love, a landscape, a symphony, a merry meeting with our friends, a bathe or a football match, have no such tendency. Our Father refreshes us on the journey with some pleasant inns, but will not encourage us to mistake them for home.”

Happy Easter!

Gary Adkisson is publisher of the Bismarck Tribune.

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