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?