For those of you who are my Facebook friends, you already know this story, but my opinions were too much to share in a comment section so here it is.
Yesterday afternoon when I picked the kids up from school, my middle school girl, Autumn, gets in the car and immediately shared the highlight of her day. Apparently they had a substitute in one of their classes who thought it would be fun to hear what the kids had planned for celebrating Easter. She went around the room, allowing each child a turn to speak. When she reached my girl, Autumn said “I’m going to celebrate the love of Jesus!”
Here comes the good part…
Substitute replied, “That’s a matter of opinion,” then turned and walked away.
I started to respond, then I remembered it’s not nice to call names so I said a quick prayer, out loud, instead, “Dear Lord, please help all the misguided people in the world who haven’t a clue that Easter has nothing to do with plastic eggs and bunny rabbits.”
Aside from the fact that this “teacher” showed a complete lack of respect for my daughters beliefs, the public display of intolerance in front of a young, impressionable audience is a perfect example as to why we have a problem with freedom of religion in this country. More than that, what exactly does the person think Easter is about?!
This morning, I was reading the responses on social media and it got me thinking about how often this sort of thing happens….
Thanksgiving has become all about the ginormous meal instead of taking pause to give thanks for all the blessings in your life for which you should be grateful.
Many people spend the Christmas season focusing on a fat, hairy man in a red suit & shiny packages, totally forgetting about the babe in swaddling clothes who was born to be the Savior of the world.
And now Easter has little to nothing to do with the death and resurrection of Jesus because a vast majority have busied themselves with fake grass, candy filled eggs & fluff-stuffed bunnies & chicks to have any time left to celebrate the true reason that the holiday exists in the first place!
Misguided people everywhere have fallen guilty to worshiping idols: the meal, the robust, red-faced man & Peter Cottontail are at the center of their family celebrations while Jesus stands at the door, awaiting His invitation to the party. This family will be placing Him at the head of our table. Yes, we will give our children treats and have a meal with our family. We do allow our kids to participate in the madness that is an egg hunt but ask any one of them what Easter is about, and they’re going to tell you “Jesus.”
Don’t allow the commercialism of holidays to distract you from what is important, the meaning behind it all, is Jesus.
“He was publicly identified as God’s Son with power through his resurrection from the dead, which was based on the Spirit of holiness. This Son is Jesus Christ our Lord. Through him we have received God’s grace and our appointment to be apostles. This was to bring all Gentiles to faithful obedience for his name’s sake.” (Romans 1:4-5)
I came across this Scripture and felt it summed up precisely what my Autumn did. My girl loves her Jesus and she wants everyone she meets to know it and, in turn, to know HIM. If she doesn’t get anything else right in her life, I will forever be proud of the conviction & steadfastness she displays while sharing her faith. If my middle-schooler, at the risk of ridicule, can boldly declare her plans to celebrate the love of Jesus this Easter season, then what say you?