Today is Good Friday. Nationally, children are out of school, as they are at Christmas. These holidays clearly define our country’s religious base, but America was formed with the promise of freedom from all religious persecution. (My great-great-great-great-great grandfather was a German priest, who converted to Protestantism and had to flee for fear of beheading, the punishment for heresy in the 1700s.) I do not view this day as “good,” for it only reminds me of man’s constant cruelty. I understand that Jesus had to die in order for the miracle of resurrection to occur, but his death never rests easy with me.
Yesterday, as I was loading groceries into my van in the HEB parking lot, a young man approached me. He wanted to know if I knew God. I told him I certainly did. He said God had given him a mission to make sure everyone heard about the one and only true God and to stop worshipping other gods. As we approached the subject of Easter, I mentioned that the Easter bunny and egg hunts were for kids. Contrarily, he related that in the Bible the bunny and the egg became symbols for the goddess of fertility and people worshipped her through those icons, which was wrong and evil. At that point, I smiled, shook his hand, said, “God bless you, ” and got in my car.
To me, Christ rising from the dead and the Easter bunny are like the birth of Jesus and Santa Claus. One is spiritual and the other is commercial. Although a child’s joy is paramount, we have gone overboard and become a consumer nation with warped priorities and growing intolerance – again. If a person truly knows Christ in heart/mind/soul, then bigotry, prejudice, hatred, unkindness, greed, and violence are not part of one’s life. Christ lived and taught love, kindness, forgiveness, and charity. Do you?
Today is also Earth Day. Hooray!! Every year more and more people celebrate this day and participate in the growing number of activities and events around the world. We are slowly reversing our human role from users/abusers/destroyers of nature and our resources to our proper role as stewards and restorers. On this day, regardless of beliefs, cultures, or ethnicity, people come together with one goal in mind. Isn’t life grand sometimes?!?!
Have a wonderful day and weekend with friends, neighbors, family and this extraordinary planet!