Good Friday to Spring Holiday: Reaction and Truth – Opinion
By Hannah DeGaetano
This past November the mayor of Bloomington, Ind., John Hamilton, took bold steps to promote inclusiveness. He is quoted in an article on BBC.com saying his actions would help “better reflect cultural sensitivity in the workplace.” While I see nothing wrong with his end goal, I disagree with his means to reach that goal.
Mayor Hamilton changed the name Good Friday to Spring Holiday. While strongly liberal Bloomington undoubtedly praised the alteration, many others, including myself, are enraged at the decision.
Good Friday holds great significance and is 100 percent necessary to the Christian faith. It is the day on which Jesus died to save the world! Making the title “politically correct” seeks to desecrate the value of this holiday. While this is undoubtedly not the first attack on Christianity, how sad and discouraging it is that our beliefs and values are the first to be compromised!
One comment regarding the decision reads: “Mayor of Bloomington, Ind. says Good Friday is not inclusive. Christ died so that all could go to Heaven. Can’t get more inclusive than that.” I completely agree.
The Bible states time and time again that Christ died for ALL people, no exceptions. Romans 3:23-24 reminds us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” All have sinned and all are justified because Jesus died! We don’t have to try to add inclusiveness to Good Friday because God already put it there! It doesn’t get any more inclusive than that.
Good Friday is remembered as the day on which Jesus was crucified for the sins of the world. He willingly gave up His life to save us while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8). He suffered the horrible, torturous, painful death that we all deserved. It is through His death that we are able to live if we accept Him as our Lord and Savior.