All right now, get mad at them eggs!
A blogger who had abandoned them because of ineffectiveness with regard to outreach asked the following:
"What do you think about Easter egg hunts at church? Do you see it as a helpful outreach tool? Are you concerned about detracting from the real meaning of Easter?"
Oddly enough, I stopped participating in "Easter activities" after I became a Christian. As a non-church going family we celebrated with eggs, rabbits, candy, and baskets. If there was any connection made to Jesus' resurrection, I never noticed.
After becoming a Christian in college I was like, "Hey, Jesus rose from the dead. So that's what this is all about?" Then I wondered, "Why all this other distracting stuff?"
Research revealed paganism fertility goddess worship behind the imagery. I don't even call it "Easter," but "Resurrection Sunday."
The short answer for me is that I'm opposed on theological grounds, but even if I wasn't I'd have a problem similar to what I have with Christmas.
I'm not anti-Santa, but I hate that Christ is eclipsed at Christmas because of Santa and Rudolph, etc.
Plus, I also don't think those outreach efforts yield much fruit and resources could be better spent.
So, seemingly in the minority I'm opposed to the Eggstravaganzas on those 3 levels.
"All the Easter eggs and the Easter bunny are even more extraneous to the purpose of Easter than Santa is to Christmas. At least Santa Claus was based on a saint. I wonder whether even some Christian churches are making the connection between Christ's death and resurrection and victory over sin — the linchpin doctrine of Christianity."Regardless of your particular practice, I encourage you to prioritize the resurrection in your celebratory festivities. Like Christmas, Jesus is the reason for the season.P.S. Incidentally, doesn't anyone else find the Easter bunny rather creepy?
- Al Mohler, President of SBTS