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March 30, 2013

Letter: Don't cheapen the meaning of Easter

To the editor:

The holiest day in Christianity, as well as the greatest day in human history, is upon us once again — the resurrection of Jesus Christ, aka Easter. As an “imperfect” follower of Jesus, it saddens me to witness the utter foolishness involved with regard to celebrating this day. And yes, I was a sucker for it, too.

Easter sales, Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, Easter outfits, Easter this and Easter that, and none of it having any connection whatsoever to the incredible miracle of Jesus’ death and resurrection on the cross. Nothing. But I’m the cuckoo bird (so they say) for bringing this truth to light.

As I’ve said before and I’ll say it again, the Jewish people deserve a big round of applause when it comes to honoring God Almighty on their high holy days. No big, fat, old bearded men in red jumpsuits or people dressed in bunny costumes watering down the message of God’s goodness to his chosen people. Nope. Just pure, simple, respectful and honorable celebrating — period.

God is given FIRST PLACE, which is what he commands from us all, not all this cheap junk made in China and other material objects that only serves to distract us from the significance of this day. What we (myself included) have done to this miraculous holy day is nothing short of a tragedy. Many Christians should take heed from their fellow Jewish neighbors as soon as possible! Seriously. Because some of the worst offenders (been there, done that) are those who are in the Church — the body of Christ. How sad.

Despite our sinful behavior (now there’s a word nobody likes to use anymore), we have an awesome God who loves us nonetheless. Imagine that. An undeserved free gift of love and forgiveness from Jesus Christ at his expense is the message of Easter, the message of the cross, but it’s difficult to hear that message with all the clutter of this world.

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