Saturday, April 4, 2015

Rejoice and Be Glad!

We are in the middle of the Easter celebration.

Easter is a wonderful time.  I wish it had as much pomp and circumstance as does Christmas, but perhaps it is appropriate not to have as much commercialism.  The commercialism it does have is so hokey; no one takes it very seriously, anyway.  I even thought so as a child, but hey, I'll take the candy.  I don't mind candy.

Some people (I think mostly those who don't have strong beliefs in much any area) love pointing out Easter's pagan origins.  As if that has to take away from the celebration of Easter itself.  Some even maniacally point it out as if this somehow voids the claims of Easter and Christianity itself.

Ooookay, dude, settle down, I want to say.

Newsflash: a lot of what we celebrate in modern Christianity actually does not have direct origin to the earliest Christians.  This does not invalidate any of it.

No one today, not even the church, needs to feel guilty or put on some sad face for possible past persecutions of others.  We aren't "taking anything away" from anyone else.  We haven't stolen or anything.  We are celebrating the single greatest event in the history of the entire world.

Christ is risen!

Every bit of my life celebrates this fact.

“And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.”

  Luke 24:2-3

3 comments:

Jessica P said...

Happy happy happy Easter!!!

Jessica P said...

"Some people (I think mostly those who don't have strong beliefs in much any area) love pointing out Easter's pagan origins. As if that has to take away from the celebration of Easter itself. Some even maniacally point it out as if this somehow voids the claims of Easter and Christianity itself."

I respectfully disagree about people who point out Easter's pagan traditions and origins as being those who lack a strong belief system in any area. That really is not true in all cases. It really is the pre-Christian history of the holiday, plain and simple. And that's ok! "Pagan" does NOT mean "bad" or "wrong". Not at all. Cultures borrow and intermix all the time.

It should not and does not invalidate anyone's belief system, no matter what symbology or religion one identifies with. In any case, Spring is always a wonderful thing to celebrate- either alongside a religious tradition or not.

I hope your day was wonderful. <3

~!Carey said...

Unfortunately, there are many people who are not so loving or gracious and who do feel the need to compensate and attack. Sad, but that is the world.