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Happy Easter not an appropriate greeting on Resurrection Sunday

Easter is a national holiday celebrated with colorful easter eggs, chocolate bunnies, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Does that sound like a disconnect? It should, especially when one realizes that the story of Jesus and his resurrection from the dead on the first day of the week (Sunday) has absolutely nothing to do with eggs and bunnies, hence begging the question "Why do we do this?"

In a nutshell: Paganism + Christianity = Modern day Easter.

Most Christians are fully aware of this, yet continue with the Easter tradition because it's fun for them and the kiddos. Fun over Faith. Fun in place of Faith. Fun combined with Faith. Hey don't (mis)judge me!

No need to, because "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness" II Timothy 3:16

"Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31

"Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them;" Ephesians 5:11

"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6

Christians were once trained up in unrighteousness, and now that they are older they have not departed from it, even though they know they are to be living sacrifices, glorifying God in all they should do, and raising up their children in the truth and love of Jesus Christ, not in worldly deeds rooted in paganistic practices of sexuality and fertility.

Christians are not called to do what is fun, popular, common, familiar etc. Christians are called to be set apart as a holy people as unto the Lord.

"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light." 1 Peter 2:9

We are without excuse. We have the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. We are called to disciplined righteousness for His name's same. His name is not Ishtar, or Easter ... it's Jesus. He didn't promise fertility, He promised forgiveness of sins. Yes there's a difference. A difference worth dying for.

If you don't like it, or it's an inconvenience, or you're afraid your kids will complain and whine and other adults won't understand, then you've got your work cut out for you, because it's time to train your kids, and yourself, in the ways of holiness, purity, and truth.

You can start with the way you think, and the way you talk, and the way you think and talk about Easter - which should mean nothing to you. Resurrection Sunday should mean everything to you. It's the day Jesus conquered sin and death so that you could have eternal life. Whatever your loss or inconvenience, it's a ridiculously small sacrifice to make in comparison to His sacrifice for you upon that bloody cross.

Praise God for His indescribable gift.

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