Ea$ter

Layperson Lecture #11.2

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A cross combined with a dollar sign is on a green square within a gold frame. The text under the cross reads, “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. — 1 Timothy 6:10”

It’s the Idiot Before G0D with another rant about the monetization of holy days. This time, it’s Easter.

Easter Sunday, which I call Resurrection Sunday, is one of the most important days in the Christian liturgical calendar. For those who subscribe to sacrificial theology and substitutionary atonement, this is the day Jesus rose from the dead and claimed his victory over sin and death. 

I’m not going to try to address whether or not Easter has Pagan. There are others who’ve done a lot of research into this and I’ve encountered compelling arguments both for a Pagan origin and against the Pagan origin. So, I’m not going to discuss why the marketable symbols of Easter — eggs, bunnies, chicks, ducklings — seem not to have any direct connection to the Resurrection, although I’ve read explanations for these which seem to suggest the connections are not Pagan in origin.

What I do want to discuss is the monetization of yet another holy day. I mention the marketable symbols because those are among the main items sold in the name of Easter, all the while removing the sacred aspects of the holy day, Christian and Pagan alike. It just really burns my onions (or maybe it cracks my eggs?) that select holy days are chosen for financial exploitation. 

If folks want to spend money on something related to Easter or Eostara, remember this: We are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many churches are struggling to continue to provide services. And I don’t mean just worship, but things like being part of rotating homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and supporting those other organizations which do those things, too. If you can, skip the chocolate (well, get a little bit, sure) and give to those who could really use some Resurrection in their lives. You don’t need to give to any religious organizations, either. Donate breath masks to your local clinics.

But especially for the Keepers of the Christian Faiths, please avoid capitalism in the name of G0D.

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