I read somewhere that in the recent census there were more people than ever before giving their religious affiliation as “none.” It doesn’t necessarily follow that all these people are non-believers, but it does mean they have no on-going relationship with a church and a great many of these people have never read the Bible.
To these folks, Easter is probably a celebration of Spring, acknowledging the end of winter and the time of Nature’s renewal with symbols of the season such as bunnies, flowers, eggs and new, colorful clothes. They may have no understanding of the meaning these signs of rebirth have for Christians. The Easter Bunny is the star of their show.
How sad for those who don’t understand and don’t share in the true meaning and the promise of the Resurrection.
For those of us who do believe and have claimed Christ as our Lord and Savior, Easter is the Main Event. It is the pinnacle of the Holy calendar and a time to celebrate the most miraculous happening in history.
I don’t worry about the worldly co-opting of the Christmas season, but it grieves my heart to see so many unaware of the blaze of victory which followed that humble beginning.
The babe in the manger is a precious image…but, the man on the cross, bleeding and dying; defeating death for me…that is something else…that is something to celebrate…that is the main event…that is love.