Friday, April 18, 2014

No Bunnies at the Cross

There were no bunnies at the foot of the cross.

Other Christians may find they can balance the secular and the sacred without eclipsing the redemption story.

I do not choose chocolate, dyed eggs, or new spring clothes as means of celebrating my relationship with the resurrected Jesus. 

I distrust the hoopla around Easter because I believe it distracts people from the focus of Christ's sacrifice. A girl once made the comment to me "Have you noticed how it always falls on a Sunday?" I think she missed the reason for the commemoration.

Certainly, our secular traditions are fitting for those looking for an Easter alternative. Those who have decided that he never existed. Or that he was a man that whose torture and death were unfortunate and unnecessary. Who would want to celebrate that

C. S. Lewis clearly identified our intellectual options when thinking about Jesus,
the assumption being Christ was a historical person. In that case:

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. 

You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

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