Or is it? “Here we go again. Another Christian festival kidnapped and rebranded by the evils of the secular world. When are they going to let us worship in peace?” I can see where that sentiment comes from. The ‘world’ has indeed taken Easter, the most important Christian festival, and turned it into a world of chocolate and fluffy bunnies – another Hallmark holiday, but this time sponsored by Cadbury and Thornton (other chocolatiers are available). Christians can rightly get upset that the core event of their faith, God’s greatest act of love, is reduced to confectionary in a foil wrapping. However, let us not be defeatist and let us be defiant – tell the story!
Maybe it is time to bring a little Acts 17 to Worthing—time to go out into our market place and speaking to our neighbours about the good news of Jesus.
Why not go to the supermarket and ask the staff where “The Real Easter Egg” is, the one that tells the story of the first Easter? You could comment on the significance of the hot cross buns in your basket to the employee on the checkout, how a cross was meant for death but actually brings us all life. You might joke to a friend about how few fluffy bunnies were mentioned in the event on the first Easter day. You could give an Easter card to your neighbour, wishing them joy of the resurrection.
The world is talking about Easter – maybe not as a festival of faith, but it is being talked about nonetheless … there is our opportunity right there! Easter is being celebrated in our land. Let’s join in and start a conversation about how Easter began.
We may be the only Gospel some people hear.
“How can they put their trust in Him if they have not heard of Him? And how can they hear of Him unless someone tells them?”
Jesus is alive, hallelujah!