Cracked 5 … April 20th, 2019


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Cracked 5

Complaints from the Easter Bunny

A.  Side profile for candy pose is not flattering


B.  Children think rabbits lay colored eggs


C.  Colored eggs insist on being called “Chicken-born Americans”


D.  Suing hip-hop music for stealing “hop” from “hoppity”


E.  Dying on the cross for the sins of mankind


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G-Poppers … January 20th, 2017

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G-Pop loves the Gospel.

Not because it’s religious, but because it’s good news. And good news always has a market, an audience and a possibility.

Many religious people think the Gospel is Jesus dying on the cross for the sins of the world. This is the invitation to salvation, not the solution to human conflict. After all, you can have seven billion baptised believers in the crucifixion who still want to kill each other.

The power of the Gospel is the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

For years, it has been honored as a sacred oracle, and even though tarnished, attacked and ridiculed, it stood the test of time–the only hope for us getting along with each other.

Then came 2016.

Under the masquerade of a Presidential election, the Republicans, Democrats, press, pundits and lobbyists worked together to dismantle the integrity and power of the Golden Rule. Through countless proclamations, we were told that “loving your neighbor as yourself” was too weak a position to defeat ISIS, negotiate Syria, overcome racism or eliminate terrorism.

You and I were there for it. It was televised nightly–a four-step process:

  1. People are different.
  2. Difference makes conflict
  3. Because there’s conflict we need to be strong
  4. Because we’re strong, we will make enemies

It was a macho, self-righteous belief that the “exceptionalism of America” means that we have a duty to view ourselves as superior to the rest of the world.

Both political parties utilized the platform, abandoning the Golden Rule in favor of alleged “brass balls.”

What is G-Pop telling his children?

What is our mission in 2017?

Get out there and renegotiate the Golden Rule.

  • Stop advertising violence and the aggressive idea that another drone strike will take care of our problems.
  • Stop focusing on our differences.
  • Stop colorizing people with blue, black, red, yellow or orange.
  • Find common ground and build a hope there.

Yes, the Golden Rule is under siege.

For thousands of years, it has prevented us from dissolving the human race

The Golden Rule is still gold.

It just needs people who will continue to tout its value.

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G-Poppers… April 3, 2015

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Returning to the house, the grandson entered the room in a fit of frightful anger, common to those who have not yet quite figured things out.

When G-Pop asked him what was wrong, he explained that he had shared with a friend at school about hopes and wishes for an Easter basket and candy, and how the fellow student criticized him and told him he needed to think about “Jesus dying for our sins.”

Since the grandson was a fan of Jesus, he felt simultaneously guilty for bringing up candy and angry that candy was being shoved to the background.

G-Pop listened carefully. He kept waiting for the little boy to pause and form a question. It never arrived. The young man did what a lot of human beings often do. He created a problem which he decided could not be solved in order to have a good reason to be upset and draw attention.

So absent a question, G-Pop provided an answer.

“Jesus had one really bad day, filled with pain and agony, when human beings forgot what it was like to let different ideas live among them without trying to destroy them. But most of the Easter story is not about a cross or blood and guts. It is about a resurrection. The resurrection does not establish the power of God. Jesus did that through his words, his life and his deeds. The resurrection is the visual confirmation by God the Father that life is meant to survive difficulty and end up joyous and victorious.

So Jesus does not want us to hang on the cross with him, or even give up things to prove that we’re thinking about a death that occurred 2,000 years ago. Easter is about having an abiding thankfulness for the sacrifice given by a brave Nazarene–and then to immediately celebrate the resurrection. In other words, find something to enjoy, appreciate and savor, to let Jesus know that dying was not in vain–that we have gained abundant life through the process.

I can’t think of anything that would please Jesus more than having a little boy excited about candy, ready to commemorate his life by opening up an Easter basket.

Should we be reminded of Jesus during Easter? Yes. But instead of dwelling on one of the worst days of his life, it might just be greater honor to focus on the thirty-three years of great accomplishment, and the one magnificent day of resurrection.

Enjoy your candy, my son. Jesus sure would if he was sitting here with us.”

The grandson was pleased.

G-Pop wondered if some people would think that more focus should be placed on the death of a Savior.

That will come with time.

Everyone has a face-to-face with the Savior of Calvary.

But once we’ve accepted the power of his gift and bravery, he expects us to move on… to joy that is full.

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