“Well, in just a few days time, it will be Easter. And really early, before the sun rises and all the good children are awake, the Easter Bunny will be hopping across lawns and gardens all over the world, hiding colorful eggs for all the good children to find”.
Say WHAT?!?! Rabbits can’t even lay eggs – so just where is he getting them eggs and does he have elves like Santa does, to help paint all those eggs or is it outsourced to some sweat factory employing child labor? Rabbits are also known to be health fanatics, eating only carrots and salad. No way a rabbit would be promoting chocolate eggs. So why is there a bunny/rabbit/hare intruding on Christianity’s most meaningful celebration? It makes no sense at all.
Why is an overweight man in red the poster boy for Christmas and why is a egg-centric bunny the mascot for Easter? Christmas remembers Jesus’ birth and Easter – his death on the cross and his resurrection from the grave. Why, then, is the world promoting these mythical characters instead of showing reverence for the real and historical Jesus Christ for which these festivals are actually meant to remember?
It is most unacceptable. The world talks about respecting each other including our different cultures and religions. It would not think of doing this kind of thing with other religions, so why does the world think its okay to do it to Christians? I mean, the Muslims would be offended if the media and businesses start promoting the “Camel of Eid-ul-Fitri” on their holy month. No one would dream of using the “Holy Cow of Deepavali” to push sales to Hindus. Even pacifist Buddhists may be riled up if some PR guy came up with something like the “Grand Pokemon of Vesak Day”. I do not mean any disrespect to any of those religions. I am just trying to illustrate how silly it would be and possibly offensive. No such festival creature exists for any of the world’s religious festivals (except maybe the Holiday Armadillo of Hannukah from a certain episode of “Friends”). In the same way, I will thank you for leaving the Bunny out from Easter.
The Easter weekend starts with Good Friday and ends with Easter Sunday and commemorates Jesus death on the cross on Friday and his resurrection from the dead on Sunday. It is the most important event in the Christian faith. The birth of Christ is not even discussed in two of the four Gospels but the events relating to his death and resurrection occupies 9 of 21 chapters in John’s Gospel. Where Christmas was the start of Jesus’ work of redeeming mankind from the burden and penalty of their sin, Easter was the completion of that work.
John 3: 16-17:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. ”
So silly rabbit, Easter is not for you but it is for mankind loss and weary, separated from God – now given new hope through the love of God and Jesus’ sacrifice in our stead. Have a blessed Easter.