by Billy Roper

Why is it called “Good Friday”? Well, today is the day when we Christians celebrate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Imagine more modern religious followers whose Messiah had been executed by the state wearing a little guillotine or an electric chair around their necks, right? It may seem strange to celebrate the whipping, beating, insulting, and execution by being nailed up and  left to asphyxiate in the hot sun of your Savior, but it’s called “Good Friday” because the story doesn’t end there. After being entombed, Jesus rose again from the dead on the day which we celebrate as Easter, having conquered not only death, but all of our sins which he took upon his shoulders so that we, too, could have eternal life, if we ask for it. We call it “Good Friday” because without His death, there could be no salvation. Similarly, the often agonizing, monotonous, frustrating, and heartbreakingly disappointing day to day work of activism and leadership in the White Nationalist movement may not seem like something to celebrate, but like our Master whom we are instructed to emulate, we take the pain of our people upon ourselves because we have faith in the reward to come, the ultimate victory which God has promised us. That makes it all worthwhile. He never owned a home, or property, or more than the clothes on His back. He never had a chance to have a wife, or a family. He was always misunderstood, even by those closest to Him. Virtually all of His disciples abandoned, betrayed, or denied him. That didn’t make Jesus break. He told us that because we are following His design and plan, the world would hate us, just as it had hated Him, and that the servant was not greater than the Master. Indeed, the people who hated Jesus and conspired in His death are the same people who so rabidly hate us, and for the same reason. They, the Jews, are of their father, the devil, as He told them. Compared to the sacrifice which Jesus Christ made for us on the day which we celebrate as Good Friday, what we are asked to give is very little. We should not begrudge offering it to our people. Jesus gave it to us, whether we deserved it and appreciated it or not. Let’s pay it forward.