an amicably legal easter

an amicably legal easter cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward
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It’s an interesting scenario… the amicable agreement between sacred and secular, religious and pagan, Christ and culture.

We could scoff at some of the syncretistic religions around the world… where voodoo blends with Catholicism, or animalism with Christianity. But what person isn’t syncretistic? Don’t we all pick and choose our favorite life apps? The truth is we continually find ways to integrate our spiritual impulses with our preferred lifestyle. We are always striking a deal with reality.

But do we want to live our lives as a never ending series of convenient compromises?

I’m not saying boot the bunny. However, I do endeavor to live my life more self-critically and self-aware.

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  • Adam Julians

    Mmmmmm chocolate.

    Yeas loved the cartoon, and at a deeper level the consideration of compatibility between the sacred and the secular or otherwise.

    My thoughts got to the Philippines, a nominally Catholic country and also with much animism. So people turning up to church on Sunday where there is a lot of religious language that doesn’t have a lot of meaning for people and the animism, the appeal to powers outside of that which resonated more with the culture as I am led to believe.

    The way I see it is that everyone has the freedom to choose what to embrace. My choice is to embrace that with reflects what is in keeping with Christ. I don’t see enjoying something culturally like the Easter Bunny or chocolate as being inconsistent with that. I do see some aspects of culture as being inconsistent with that.

    I respect others freedoms to choose whatever path they wish to for them, and to experience the consequences for that. But what service would I be offering society and others if I were to stand by while there is harm and injustice being done? Some people won’t like my voice but I’ have just as much of a voice as others and claim my freedom do do so.

  • All cultures have within them a mixture of God and the vanity of mankind. If you swept away the dust around our own beliefs I’m pretty sure we’d discover that each of us has our own ‘mixture of ‘theology and …..(fill in the blanks). So maybe the issue isn’t really about whether we’ve mixed the Easter Bunny up with the resurrection, as much as it is understanding that our ‘religion’ was never meant to be a doctrine of ‘do’s and don’ts’, acceptable and not acceptable’. But rather, an ongoing experience of the One who was actually raised from the dead for our justification (to my knowledge once I’ve eaten that chocolate bunny, there is little or no chance of it coming back again).

    The only real thing that separates ‘Christianity’ from any other religion or spiritual belief, is not whether we incorporate Easter Bunnies, goblins, ghouls, monsters, Santa, or tiny elves into our celebrations, but rather, that our faith is not found in our ability to ‘save’ ourselves but in Christ who died for all, so that all could enter into unbroken friendship with Him. Our’s is a faith of relationship…most others is a faith built on chocolate Bunnies, tossed chicken legs, death eaters, and statues made of stone. I’m with David, God is pretty confident in Himself so why waste the chocolate bunnies…

  • Carol

    It seem to me that the Mystery of the Incarnation is the ultimate Syncretism. Or is it Synergism?

  • We are having a big Easter egg hunt right after the worship service.

    We’re not fundamentalist nuts, ya know.

    Ok…maybe a few of us are.

  • Carol: I like synergism. It creates a picture of the intimate fellowship the Father thru the cross of Jesus, has brought us into.

  • Watch out for the Bunny. It’s been known to eat those who go after its eggs; especially the chocolate ones LOL

  • Trevor

    I think they agreed on the fertility clause.

  • hahaha 😀

  • Inacat

    it’s funny -one of the biggest criticisms of Christianity is that it’s been so busy reading and re-writing its own book that it’s paid very little attention to other people’s books, except to generally abuse their readers.

    I’m usually at least gentle pleased by your cartoons, but your comment presents interesting contrasts …between sacred and secular, I get- but between religion and pagan? did you mean between ‘christian’ religions and ‘pagan’ religions? or were you being inclusive with the term religion, meaning the three cults of Jehovah/Allah/Adonai, and chucking every other deity past or present in with the pagani?

  • thanks inacat… actually i don’t subscribe to those categories. for example i don’t draw a line between sacred and secular, etc… so these are just habitual categories that i pulled out of a hat to make a point.

  • Adam Julians

    I would also share Incat’s fondness for your cartoons. I would share the world view you have between some aspects of the secular and the sacred but I would draw a lone between some aspects of the secular and the sacred. And I would do so between worship of the Judaic/Christian God and worship of a pagan god. One cannot devote oneself to both just as one cannot devote oneself to one’s spouce if one is havnig an affair.

    i agree with the sentiment of the cartoon with there being notghing inconsistend between aligning oneself to Christianity and enjoying eating chocolate in the shape of a cute bunny. But to align oneself with Christianity is to align oneself with Chirst who is written to have said that you are the salt of the earth, if satl loses itsl saltiness it is thrown away and trampled on. If someone if a follower of Christ, they have a responsibility not to align themseves with worship of pagain gods. For most of us in the west such “gods” come in the form of sex, money and power. There is an inconsistency, a syncertism between someone being a follower of Christ and having such “gods” alongside Christ. Being “in Chirst” does not mean having an absesce of sex money or power but an absence of worshipping these “gods” and a freedom from slavery to them. Christ had a lot of things to say to those religious people who preferred such things. Consdier what he did with the monet changers in the temple where the gentile court instead of being a place of worship had turned into a market place!