Today, Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter. I am not Eastern Orthodox…does that make me Western Unorthodox? I don’t like the sound of that.
Anyway, I didn’t write an Easter post last week on Western Unorthodox Easter (ok, the term is growing on me), so here goes.
Nothing says, “He Arose!” like this picture my daughter took on Easter.
I’ll admit it: I love the Easter trappings…candy, hard boiled eggs, and egg hunts. Christmas has more than its fair share of secular trappings too, but I like the way Easter’s secular trappings have absolutely no connection to what we are really celebrating.
Why, you ask?
With Christmas, we mash up God’s gift of His Son, Santa’s gifts to kids, the Magi’s gifts to Jesus, and buying presents on maxed out credit cards into one, happy package. “The real meaning of Christmas” often gets watered down to love, family, and togetherness…not God’s entry into the world as a man.
But there’s no mash up with Easter. Bunnies, eggs, candy, springtime….nice stuff! How does this connect with God’s Son bearing the sins of the world, being mocked, tortured, and killed, only to rise victorious on the third day, conquering sin and death?
It’s hard to make cute platitudes out of the story of Easter. Mercifully, children (both Eastern Orthodox and Western Unorthodox) don’t re-enact the crucifixion in cute Easter pageants.
The message of Easter (last week or this) is humbling and convicting, as it should be. It really is The Good News. The trappings of modern American Easter are just fattening and sleep inducing. There’s little confusing the two.
Jesus came to offer salvation to all people. The bunny came to offer salivation for peeps.