Monday, April 2, 2012

Easter Eggs, Bunnies and Beautiful Crosses

It's that time of year for the Seeker-Friendly churches to have their annual Easter Egg hunts.  What the Easter Bunny and Easter eggs have in common is a mystery to me.  I believe these icons of Easter must be terribly offensive to our Lord: they make a mockery of this holyday.  Do most Christians think these things are harmless?

In the same vein, jewelry stores offer special seasonal sales on diamond and ruby studded silver and gold crosses—shiny symbols of Christian faith. But are they?  The cross of Jesus' day was an instrument of torture and death.  When Jesus told His followers they needed to pick up their crosses, they understood His meaning.  

How many nominal Christians wear a cross to identify their faith without fully understanding its significance?  It seems to me a glamorous jeweled gold cross can be as much an offense to Christ as the Easter Bunny.  In speaking of those who do not take the death and resurrection (and the blood) of Jesus seriously, the writer of Hebrews says they have insulted the Spirit of grace for treating the blood of the covenant as a common thing. (Heb. 10:29)  Is the Easter Bunny harmless?  I don't think so.

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