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.