Even without a calendar, I would know what time of year it is. The weather has been pretty nice, there are flowers in my house, we suffered through the daylight savings fiasco without anyone having a stroke, my Christian forum groups are arguing over the pagan origins of Easter and debating whether or not it’s appropriate to celebrate, and my facebook feed is filling up with offensive Jesus/Easter memes. Also, there are jellybeans.
Since becoming a Christian, every Easter has been different. Some of them have been very much focused on celebrating and having fun, while others have been more solemn and thoughtful. That’s nothing intentional, it just seems to work out this way. Leading up to Resurrection Sunday this year, the topic of evangelism keeps coming up. Afterall, we are celebrating the most pivotal event in human history. This single event is the entire linchpin of my belief system. Jesus Christ rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven. It’s the kind of thing you talk about.
1 Corinthians 15: 17-19 “…if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.”
This is not a small deal. This isn’t just another food and candy holiday- a good opportunity to get together with loved ones and do whatever family tradition you grew up with. This is a major time for reflection and purely religious celebration. This is when every Christian should become slightly obnoxious to their non-believing friends as they shove the gospel down everyone’s throat, right?
Ok, maybe that’s a bit much. But we SHOULD be talking about it. I did a quick google search for Easter memes. Let me share a few of those with you here.
Some of them were far too filthy or offensive to post up here. I’ll admit, there were a handful of funny ones that weren’t so blasphemous. Maybe I’ll include them in my posts throughout the week. But these, and others like these, are what the majority of society think of Resurrection Sunday. This is how they see Easter. Not just atheist internet trolls, but otherwise reasonable and caring people don’t seem to bat an eye at ‘Zombie Jesus’ and being so offensive on the most important day on the Christian calendar. Honestly, it doesn’t seem to bother some Christians as much as it probably should. As a truly peaceful religion, Christianity doesn’t vow to murder those who create offensive pictures of God or the prophets. We are believers in cosmic justice- offending me shouldn’t concern you quite like offending God should. But do I have an obligation to argue with you?? Shouldn’t I say SOMETHING to express my disapproval in some way?
As we make our way toward Resurrection Sunday, I’m going to try and post daily. This event we’re celebrating is a call to action… but are we hearing that call correctly? Evangelism and apologetics and the more interactive intellectual exercises are things I enjoy, and that’s what’s on my mind this Easter season. There’s a lot of ground to cover. I hope you post your thoughts as we go.