THE recent de-amalgamation issue ignited the feelings of this community in an incredible way.
I have never seen so much passion given to any other issue to such an extent.
It makes one wonder why so much energy was committed to this issue from both sides.
It seems that disempowerment, change, parochialism, freedom and personalities are all catalysts to gearing up our passions. So what has this to do with Easter? Jesus came with a message to a people who were intensely parochial, felt disempowered and longed for freedom.
They were under enforced authoritarian Roman rule and wanted to be cut loose from oppression.
Jesus spoke out to those who oppressed them, and he came with a message of liberation.
However his criticism was levelled, not at the Romans, but at the religious leaders of the day, because they had misused their positions of trust. The message Jesus brought was one of freedom. Real freedom was not to be found by external circumstances, but by trusting in him.
It was a message he was prepared to die for. And he did.
But that was not the end. His resurrection provided a path of freedom beyond the grave for those who believe in him.
For Christians, Jesus provides freedom from the bondage of our own sin and death.
While members of the community may feel they have achieved freedom in having their shire back, no external action will bring freedom until it is found deep within us.
Have a happy and trusting Easter.
Russell Clark Mossman Uniting Church