Maybe some self-serving selfishness in me that is a little upset that I had to go in the office today secretly bothers me, but today as I entered the subway to work, I noted to myself how today is “Good Friday” yet it’s like any other Friday.
Granted, as a Muslim, I don’t really care so much about the value or lack there of as it relates to Christian tradition, but having been raised Christian and having had this thought many times over my life, I thought it interesting that I would have these thoughts today.
My overall point is that today is supposed to commemorate the crux of the Christian faith. Today they believe the events of The Passion Narrative that led to the formation of their relation. It’s the backbone of the entire religion. If I were a true outsider, one could wonder, how is it that the biggest moment in the worlds largest religion, is glossed over so easily?
I don’t get it and I never actually got it, but here we live in a 75% Christian nation, so you would think it would be a national/federal holiday or something. Even if for Constitutional reasons that isn’t the case, one has to wonder why Christians themselves haven’t taken off in large numbers to commemorate this pivotal commemoration.
Have they just forgotten, or do they just don’t care anymore? Could it be that there faith has become so ordinary that it’s just a footnote and not a definitive indication of who they actually are?
Maybe it’s just a poor choice of words. Maybe the people have forgotten what’s so “good” about this particular Friday. Maybe if it were called “resurrection” Friday they would remember why this day is supposed to be so “good” for them.
As I look at the adherents of the worlds second largest religion, obviously my own, I have noticed over these past 8 years how you would be hard pressed to find a Muslim anywhere on the globe even here in this majority Christian nation, not taking the day off from work on Eid and/or not observing Ramadan in some shape or form. Even the most marginal amongst us, seem to “step it up” during these occasions.
I’m not trying to compare one group to the other in an attempt to point to some supremest thought, I’m just pointing what I have observed throughout my life as I thought on these things today.
What I honestly believe is that because Americans in general have made religion and God a footnote, there should be no surprise that in this Christian nation, even a day like Good Friday isn’t sacred enough to skip working. Granted, if the state of Christianity in America was judged by the actions the majority of Americans, it would get a failing grade. It’s obvious that in America, God and certainly His Christ, is not on the forefront of the average, majority Christian American mind.
I will say this, if the role were reversed and I were not a Muslim (God forbid) and lived in a Majority Muslim Democracy (one can dream right) I’m certain I would be one of the few in the subway going into the office, if the office was even open.
I think that as I reflect on my life, it was many issues like this one, that proved a catalyst that made me fall in love with Islam. We take everything seriously as it relates to God (some too seriously) but, our every action we invoke God (Bismillah) we ensure that if we speak on the future we invoke God (Inshallah), we won’t even touch the Qur’an without first cleaning ourselves and invoking God. As a Christian, I was never taught to teach such common things as sacred. I never was taught that I should invoke God for every little thing from going to the restroom, to sneezing, to marital relations. I read the Bible often, but was never taught to only read it when clean, heck how many a Christian reads the Bible or Biblical scripture while on the toilet? Or carries their Bible around like any ordinary book, some leave in laying around their house as if it’s just a common book.
Now I’m rambling, but as I reflected on what should be a huge deal in a majority Christian nation, and look over how even the minute is a big deal to Muslims, it really made me sad for my Christian brothers and sisters (both figuratively and literally) as it’s evident that they aren’t as passionate about The Passion as they should be and paying God lip-service with little action in return, can’t have good consequences.