Today is Good Friday.

It’s a day in which we see the values of God on full display.  It’s where we witness to what God is willing to do and what God is willing to go through to express God’s love for creation.

It’s also a day of contrast.  That contrast shows up right in the name – Good Friday.  We call it Good even though there is death.  We call it that because Jesus’ death is how death is conquered.

Today is a good day to remember some things.  We remember that death may look like it has won, but it hasn’t.  Death doesn’t get the final say.  Death is merely a stop on the journey to resurrection.  Death is like the seed that comes before the sprout of new life.  The New Creation begins with the resurrection.  But that can’t happen without death.

We should remember some other things too – things we may not want to think about actually.  Things that might make us uncomfortable and uneasy.  Things that may cause us to look inward and ask ourselves some very probing questions about ourselves and our beliefs.

Good Friday is a day to remember and reflect on these things.

So let us dive in and remember:

Let us remember that our values and Christ’s values don’t always match up.  There are some things that overlap and are similar in nature.  We may even be able to claim that some of our values are in alignment with Christ’s.  But there are plenty that are not.  Our values and Christ’s values are not equal or the same.

Let us remember that American values and Christ’s values don’t always match up. There are some things that overlap and are similar in nature.  We may even be able to claim that some of our American values are in alignment with Christ’s.  But there are plenty that are not.  American values and Christ’s values are not equal or the same.

Let us remember that Democrat Party values and Christ’s values don’t always match up. There are some things that overlap and are similar in nature.  We may even be able to claim that some of the Democrat Party values are in alignment with Christ’s.  But there are plenty that are not.  Democrat Party values and Christ’s values are not equal or the same.

Let us remember that Republican Party values and Christ’s values don’t always match up. There are some things that overlap and are similar in nature.  We may even be able to claim that some of the Republican Party values are in alignment with Christ’s.  But there are plenty that are not.  Republican Party values and Christ’s values are not equal or the same.

Let us remember that this is true whether we are talking about our personal values, our national values, our political/ideological values, our values around money and work, and more.

We are not the center of the universe.  Nor do we get to dictate to God what values God should espouse in order to agree with us.  Good Friday is the day that we remember that we are not in control, that we are not the center of all creation, that we do not dictate anything to God.

Good Friday is the day we remember that we are helpless and incapable of saving ourselves.  Good Friday is the day we remember that we are not fully in alignment with God’s will.  Good Friday is the day we remember we are the ones who shout “Crucify him!  Crucify him!” because God wouldn’t comply with our sinful desires to be in control and dictate to God what was to be.

Good Friday.  It is Good.  It is Good to remember.  To say thank you.  And to be transformed.