Yesterday on Foxnews, they ran a story about a school in Alabama where the principal was trying to ban the term “Easter Bunny” from the vocabulary of the students in an attempt to keep anyone from being offended. Yes, this is political correctness run amok.
As Christians, I don’t think we should be the least bit offended at all. Especially given the fact that the Easter Bunny has nothing to do with the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Let the loon ban the term, and we should join her in doing so, given that the bunny is man’s tradition, not anything biblical.
Remember that adding anything to the gospel, or taking away anything from the gospel is to warp the gospel itself, a major sin when it comes to Biblical truth. The Easter Bunny both adds to and takes away from the gospel itself. Listen to Paul’s summary of the gospel:
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.
You may notice there is nothing there about bunnies, eggs, hats, new dresses, wearing white from this point on, easter lunches, and getting all upset over someone’s ban of the aforementioned terms. What we should do is get upset that anyone introduced bunnies, eggs, etc., into the church at all. We should be upset that we go along with such foolery in light of the gospel itself. The tomb was empty. That should be our focus. Everything else distracts and takes away from the gospel itself.
We should be very slow in allowing our children to participate in the Easter egg hunts, easter baskets, easter candy (unless we get the candy on sale … say, next week). My point is that Resurrection Sunday, typically called Easter by the unenlightened, should be about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. To add all the other garbage attributed to Resurrection Sunday is to distract from the most monumental event in history: a man died and was raised again because He was the Messiah who came to save the lost, and His rising was the Father’s approval of His death and ministry.
The definitions that I have heard people spout over the years concerning the easter bunny and easter eggs miss the point. The egg symbols a new life, coming from an old life. That is the propagation of life. It doesn’t symbolize a man who was dead, that was raised from the dead with the same renewed body, which is what resurrection is. The eggs, bunnies, new dresses, new hats, etc., all miss the point. Jesus was truly dead and made alive again, just as all believers will be at His Second Coming.
We must stress this reality over and over again because it is at the heart of the gospel. To water down Resurrection Sunday is to miss the gospel. It is to add to the gospel in that we are adding things not found in the gospel, is to sin against God and the gospel He has given us. So let us join hands (just this time) with the politically-correct loon in Alabama, and ban the easter bunny.