Someone on Facebook posted a status that said,
“I see people who profess that they are not Christians but yet they are celebrating Easter. It seems so confusing. Hunting for eggs is not Easter…finding a Savior is.”
And then, one of the comments on the status was,
“I babysit for a Jewish couple who has an Easter egg hunt and gets photos with the Easter bunny etc. they do the same with Christmas. It feels as if they are belittling the meaning of these special days we as Christians hold so sacred.”
I don’t know how you all feel about all this, but I’d like to talk about it a little bit.
Both the person that posted the status and the commenter are upset that non Christians are not giving Christian holidays the appropriate respect and attention. They feel that by hunting for eggs and getting their picture taken with the Easter Bunny and Santa, they are spitting in the face of Christianity and the things we hold dear.
I have some problems with this way of thinking.
First of all, if they are not Christian, why would they do the things that we, as Christians, do? Why would they NOT let their kids have fun hunting eggs or getting their picture taken with the Easter Bunny or Santa?
When a non Christian lets their kids hunt for eggs on Easter, it’s just for fun. They aren’t trying to make it a part of a religious holiday. In my opinion, they are doing nothing wrong.
Now, let’s look at it from the other side…
A Christian teaches their kids that on Easter we are acknowledging when Jesus was crucified and resurrected and all the events surrounding those activities. These same Christians, in many cases, also take their kids to an Easter egg hunt. Some may even tell their kids that a bunny comes into their homes and leaves a basket full of goodies. How does this have anything to do with Jesus? It doesn’t. This is confusing, not only to our kids, but to our non Christian friends.
And, if they are belittling us by doing all the Easter and Christmas “stuff”, then we better stop eating Mexican on Cinco de Mayo (unless you are Mexican), wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day (unless you are catholic or Irish), or exchanging candy and cards on Valentine’s Day (unless you are for all of the things listed on the site linked). Of all of those, at least St. Patrick’s Day is to honor a Saint.
Further… if you are going to be upset with people belittling Easter with Easter egg hunt and pictures with the Easter bunny… start with your fellow Christians! Most of the egg hunts that I see advertised on signs and in the paper are at churches. What? Yes, churches. We all know this to be true.
My take??? No one is belittling Easter or Christmas.
That’s right. No one.
You see… both holidays are inventions of people, not God. So, there’s no real way to belittle them in that way.
For a Christian, I don’t think God cares if your child goes hunting for eggs or gets her picture taken with a bunny or bearded man. I don’t think He cares if you have a Christmas tree up and you tell your kids this same bearded man delivers presents if they are good. Or that a bunny brings eggs and other fun stuff.
What I DO think He might have a problem with is a Christian doing all those things, but not mentioning Jesus’ birth, crucifixion and resurrection.
How many Christians “celebrate” Easter and/or Christmas, but barely mention Jesus?
My suggestion? Let’s all not be so worried about how others are celebrating our holidays and worry about how WE are celebrating our holidays.