Every society is composed of many sub-cultures. Each society has its own special identification. This identity is accomplished by how the society allows each sub-culture to be a part of it. Like the recipe of Grandma's favorite cake, the way people live together is seasoned by the amounts contributed by their past history, their religious practices, their concept of family, their music, etc.
But within each society, there is a prevailing culture. Whether it is their religious practices, their attitude toward sex, their ideas about life, or their music, there is a prevailing culture, which plays the role of base ingredient.
If a point was being made about there being a Christian culture during this Easter season, one would have to identify the prevailing sub-culture. What is really being celebrated at this time? One sub-culture grasps and promotes an idea of new birth. It is Spring. The dead of Winter is gone. Baby chicks, blooming flowers, and warm days are but a few of the attributes of Easter that are promoted. In all honesty, the main ingredient of this prevailing culture has been around for many centuries. It is known by many names. But the name of some goddess of fertility, identifies the prevailing culture as pagan. This idea removes Easter from the prevailing culture of Biblical Christianity.
Biblical Christianity is the seasoning of the other view of this special day of the year. It is appropriate to call it Resurrection Sunday, instead of Easter. To accomplish the task of retraining people who wish to be biblical in their society and to usurp the prevailing culture of today will take a great effort. But, it is possible.
It is a simple task. Put the real purpose of Jesus Christ back into the celebration and call this day what it truly is. It is the day on which Jesus Christ arose from the grave. This action proved that Jesus was the Son of God. This event was God's signature upon the larger purpose of the Christ's life in the world.
The main reason for the life of Jesus was not that of ethicist, good teacher, great leader, or conquerer of Rome. His purpose was that of substitution. From the place of His birth, to the time of His death, it was all for the one action of dying as the sacrificial Lamb before a Holy God.
This is what we must take away from the last week of the life of Jesus as we celebrate Resurrection Day. As He came into the Jerusalem on the first day of the week, He was the Lamb born in Bethlehem in the shadow of the Migdal Eder (the guard tower on which the shepherds watched over the Temple lambs). When the efforts were made to remove all of the yeast from the homes before Passover and the Feast of the Unleavened, there is the arrival of the only man to have no sin. As the wine was set at the Seder, there stood Jesus proclaiming the cup was a symbol of His blood that was shed in sacrifice. As He took the Afikomen and told His disciples that it represented His body which was broken for then, His death on the cross was being foreshadowed.
You see, if any other prevailing culture is recognized that does not have this bloody sacrifice and bodily resurrection, it is the culture of Spring celebration. This culture will not give mankind any hope. The Christian society has to have a celebration of life through the resurrection, not through a baby chick.