Did you say resurrection?

In an official statement on Easter, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said "Easter is the holiest of Christian holidays, and marks the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ." With commendable, and remarkable, direct affirmation. It may be a sorry commentary on our times that I find his statement remarkable. But here's a politician who professes to be a Roman Catholic commenting on a Christian holiday without inserting a bunch of weasel words about "Christians believe" or "some say" or "what they consider". Instead it states the resurrection as a fact.

People who aren't Christians don't consider it one, of course. And there's a time and place to acknowledge their views. But Easter isn't it, for people who are Christian. For as Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:14, "if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain."

Easter is a time for Christians to hold up their heads and their beliefs, stating the reason for the hope that is in them. On Easter Friday itself our Prime Minister apparently just did so.