How inane has Christianity become that followers of Jesus are up in arms about chocolate egg hunts losing the name Easter? This week as Cadbury decided to neutralise the Easter egg hunt into some other diluted thing, Christians diluted the revolutionary mission of Jesus.
Now do not get me wrong. I think changing Easter Eggs hunts into any other kind of egg hunt and turning religious seasons into holiday seasons is a nonsense. The political correctness of this modern world is a huge loss to our culture and I would think damaging to the multi dimensional mystery of our humanity. However, it is more laughable that anything else.
Perhaps, of course, it is simply a commercial decision. After all, our generation worships at the altar of the financial bottom line. Perhaps Cadbury needs to widen the scope of their sales pitch. Being more inclusive is just their veiling of a globalised ambition to sell billions more eggs!
Whatever the reason, it doesn’t offend my soul. Quite the opposite, the protest about it does.
As we remember the events of Jesus passion over these next two weeks, what we read in the Gospels could not be further from having some claim on an event where children search for chocolate eggs. Jesus is crucified on a cross outside the city walls.
He died fighting for justice, crossing borders for reconciliation, hanging out with those that the religious or indeed society had ostracised. He was killed for smashing the status quo. He was the prophet on the margins. He was God made flesh, moving into the neighbourhoods and sending tremors through the powers of this world.
Followers of Jesus it would seem from the Scriptures were never meant to be at the centre of power. I am kind of drawn to the Christianity, that leaves us off the holiday season titles, and provokes from the margins rather than the centre.
I am wondering if it will be a spiritual help to making us more humble to no longer expect to have the privileges we have gotten used to. When steam was coming out of my ears recently that the time of the Sunday morning Belfast half marathon gave no consideration to the Church, my friend Chris rebuked me and asked if that was not exactly how we should have it! The early Church thrived in a situation where it was an underground movement, where a fish in the sand was the height of their public discourse.
I was very excited to hear the protests that asked why Christians were shouting more about the name of an egg hunt rather than the array of injustices going on around us. How are we doing? Well, if we are not under threat of being lynched then not as well as Jesus did.
And… in the end that is what he said defined us, “If anyone would come after me he must complain when they take the word Easter out of the chocolate egg hunt”… er sorry… “If anyone would come after me he must deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow me.” Self denial and cross carrying might not be two of our stronger attributes.