♫ Hippity-hop-hop….hippity-hoppity, Easter’s on its way ♫
As a young girl, I didn’t give much thought to what this season that I formerly knew as “Easter” was all about. I was too distracted by pastel frilly dresses and hats, colorful baskets of chocolate bunnies & chewy lil marshmallow birds, and of course,…the traditional egg hunting & coloring activities. Yet, after I a became born-again believer, I soon found out how the egg-hunting and egg-coloring activities were actually ceremonies celebrating the Goddess of Fertility & Sex Eostre (or “Ashtoreth” of the Old Testament or the many other names for this goddess depending upon the culture).
As harmless as those activities seemed—now I look back & realize how much those traditions kept my mind off the real symbols of this Passover season—the blood, the lamb, and the cross. Sure, we sung songs about the blood & the cross at “Easter” time….surely, such topics crept into our “Easter” speeches–but what were we really being taught about Peter Cotton–I mean, Jesus during this season?
As a believer, I understand that any change involves a personal conviction and God speaking to your heart about a matter. However, what I don’t understand is why do churches promote such activities??
Are we saying that children are too young to understand that Jesus is the only answer to our sinful nature?
Are pastors ignorant of the roots of these traditions or think they just don’t matter?
Or are we just too fond of our religious traditions that glorify other gods??
Fellow Christians, how do you all feel about this? And how do you (or will you) teach your kids about this season?
Please address any of the above questions…