what is easter anyways? Mar2005

i wrote this up in an email as a reply to a friend, and thought it seemed like good blog fodder.

I've been thinking a great deal lately about renaming Easter. Several churches refer to it now as "Resurrection Sunday" but I think that trivializes, or de-emphasizes Christ's death which I believe is more important to us than the resurrection. Don't get me wrong, the resurrection is quite AMAZING, but from a purely self-serving point of view, isn't His Death the part that actually directly pertains to us? His resurrection is amazing in that we will enjoy eternity in His presence, but w/o the death, that wouldn't be possible.

Anyways, I think the American way of celebrating Easter completely misses the boat. We focus on the pagan symbols of fertility (egg/rabbit/chicken/flowers) and attempt to justify our participation in this holiday by saying things like "It represents the new life of Christ". I'm all for social traditions and a general excuse to get together with family for a fun time, but do we have to attempt to justify it to non-believers by shrouding the process in religious symbolism?

Can The Christ not have a time that is wholey His own? Am I just way off my rocker on this?

These thoughts are my own, unless they're yours. And if they're yours, we may have metaphysical problems beyond simple concept ownership and should probably talk soon.