Do We Sentimentalize or Romanticize Easter So Much We Forget It’s True Meaning?

empty tombI like Easter! I like the nice sunny spring weather that usually accompanies it. I like the annual Easter Eggstravaganza our church puts on. It’s great having the community breakfast and Easter Service. And I love seeing all the children spread across the playground looking for Easter candy.

But are we making light of the true story of Easter?

Some people have sunrise services. It’s nice. The songs are familiar. It feels good. I just heard one guy, who lives near the coast, talking about how much fun it would be to get up early and takes some boats and kayaks out on the water a ways and then look back as the sun rises. He talked about bringing out a boom box to play a certain Easter song that talks about rising again. I wonder if he remembers that Easter is about the resurrection? Not just a beautiful sunrise?

And I think of our Easter service. We do have fun, but we work hard to make sure the story of Easter truly comes out. I wonder if people hear it?

But if we understand the true story of Easter, shouldn’t we be moving beyond the romantic or sentimental aspects that really have nothing to do with Easter but only have to do with us feeling nice about something because of past memories associated with them?

We should celebrate. But the focus should be on the great gift of eternal life that is tied to Jesus resurrection. It shouldn’t be about feeling all “nice” inside, should it?

I fear that we are trivializing the resurrection when we get caught up on sentimental or romantic celebrations.

I don’t know. Maybe I’m too old fashioned?

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