On my personal Facebook account, I belong to several bible study groups. Mostly, I enjoy the posts in these groups, that is, when I have time to look at them. Over the course of the weekend, some people in one group I belong to were arguing over the pagan origins of Easter and whether or not Christians should celebrate it.
I could detail every argument that was made in this post for you, but that would take too much time. Instead, I am going to address what I believe to be an extremely important point. The point is love.
At the root of most arguments is pride. As Christians, it is easy to take pride in our knowledge. Of course, we need knowledge. God’s people perish for lack of knowledge; however, when the display of knowledge supersedes love, then it is nothing more than pride. In 1 Corinthians 13:4, the word of God states that love is not proud.
When I observe these arguments, I often am tempted to add a few words myself. Sometimes, I have. It is then that I must question my own motives. Do I really want to help people who might be misguided, or do I want to appear “right”? Of course, there are some issues that are worthy of debate, but most issues are a matter or pride.
Are Religious Celebrations a Sin?
When I have studied the origins of Easter, I can not deny that there is a pagan influence in the original celebrations, yet, I can say that what I am celebrating is not the Easter Bunny, but the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. In my own heart, I know what I am celebrating. When I am thanking the Lord for His sacrifice and victory, the Easter Bunny does not cross my mind. However, my children participated in egg hunts when they were smaller.
If you believe your children should not participate in egg hunts, then pay heed to that personal conviction. If you have no problem with it, that is good also. In our pursuit of righteousness, we must remember that our righteousness comes from Jesus Christ, not our acts or deeds. There are some matters in which we must be led by the Holy Spirit. Any holiday or celebration could become an idol to some depending upon the condition of the heart. What we must bear in mind is that it is the Lord who knows the heart.
Love is the Answer
If you truly believe fellow Christians are sinning by observing the death, burial, and resurrection on Easter weekend, then pray for them. God is surely able to convict His people of wrongdoing. Berating people and involving himself in heated arguments is not what Jesus would have done while on this Earth.
If you truly believe celebrating Easter is just fine, then proceed. The point is to walk in love and avoid needless arguing. Read Romans 14. Paul encouraged believers to take the high road of love with others and follow their own personal convictions for themselves.
Personally, I celebrate and give praise for the death, burial, and resurrection of my Lord Jesus Christ frequently, not just at this particular time of year. I do this because He has changed my life. He has changed me! He has turned around impossible situations in my own life. He has made me more than a conqueror. No matter the time of the year, the love of Jesus is worth celebrating!