For some, Easter is a hop and a skip
As may be expected, Easter is one of my favorite holidays. Although I prefer to call it Resurrection Sunday, I am not easily offended by words. Remember the old saying, “Sticks and stones may break your bones but words will never hurt you.”
It is amazing to me how some people get all bent out of shape when it comes to words. I think it is impossible to keep up with the political correctness that some people insist. I have never known a single day or an hour in which I have wanted to be politically correct about anything.
I try to be as sensitive to people’s feelings as possible. I do not want to needlessly offend anybody, but it is nearly impossible not to, in the day in which we live. It has come to the place that you do not know quite how to greet anybody anymore.
“Merry Christmas” seems to enflame some people, which is why I always give the greeting to everyone I meet, even when it is not Christmas.
The least little thing offends so many people. A lot of people have thin skin but very thick heads.
Just the other day the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage brought a situation to my attention. At first, I thought she was pulling my leg, so to speak. It became quite evident that she was not.
According to the article, somebody was objecting to the Easter Bunny. For some reason the person writing this article was objecting to Christian holidays. In his opinion, everything that is related to Christianity needs to be stripped from our society.
He gave several examples but one stood out among all the rest. That one was the humble little Easter Bunny. I have been a Christian for a long time and read my Bible through dozens of times and I have yet to run across any reference to the Easter Bunny. However, this person became very irritated at the Easter Bunny symbol. I am not sure what he thought that symbol was.
His attack on the Easter Bunny was because, in his opinion, it was a Christian symbol of some sort. He did not go into any detail about what that symbol was; simply that it needed immediate extraction from contemporary society. In reading the article, I picked up the idea that this person was particularly agitated about everything Christian. And he took his vengeance out on the Easter Bunny.
I really do not mind people attacking Christianity. After all, they did it to Jesus while he was alive. However, I wish if they are going to attack Christianity, they would at least read the Bible and know what to attack. If this person is as stupid in other areas of the article, as in this particular aspect, how can we believe anything he says? Dumb is as dumb writes.
I have been thinking about something for a long time and it might soon be time to put it in action. My plan is to spread the rumor that Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog, is actually a Christian symbol. I do not have to mention what it is a symbol of; simply that it is a Christian symbol. That will be enough to have people, like the one who wrote this particular article, get in an uproar and demand that this symbol be eradicated from contemporary society.
I think good old Punxsutawney Phil could handle himself on this particular issue. Even if people should succeed in getting rid of the old boy, he probably could use the sleep.
If this plan succeeds, and the likelihood is pretty high, I might go on to my next plan. I will begin spreading the rumor that Thursday has a significant Christian symbolism to it. Again, I need not define what that symbolism is, only that there is the possibility.
Soon, high-minded plans will be in place to attack Thursday and do away with it. There will be a bill in Congress to call Thursday, “The Day After Wednesday.” Of course, on the Senate side there will be those who will want to call it, “The Day Before Friday.” Soon it will be a hot topic headlining every media news program in America. The pros and cons will be heatedly debated. Some may even want to call it, “Wednesday Part II.”
No matter what they decide on, it will be certain that nobody who is politically correct could say the word “Thursday” ever again.
Personally, I would not mind that, because like Punxsutawney Phil, I could use the rest.
The only holiday that has not yet come under attack is the one celebrated on April 1. My thinking behind this is, every fool should have his or her day. Now, I never object to a fool celebrating on April 1. It seems to me that the celebrants of this holiday are vastly increasing. I make it a point every year to join in the celebration.
Easter is my special holiday. The apostle Paul defined it, “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4 KJV).
Many people hop over the truth, skip around reality and never find the real purpose of God’s intention for them.
(Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship in Ocala, Fla. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs Shores. The church’s Web site is www.whatafellowship.com.)