Sunday, April 16, 2017

Are you pagan or are you Christian?

Based on the title,  you should be able to figure out what I'm going to talk about.  But first, let me give some background about why I'm fling to expound on this subject.
It started Thursday when I went to pick my seven year old up from school, sms watched the teachers dump plastic eggs on the school lawn, while it was raining.   It was at that moment that I thought to myself.   Why am I allowing my child to participate in a pagan ceremony at a public school?
Now,  before you get offended, I'm using the general term for pagan,  which is any religion other than Christianity.  
After talking a deep breath,  I realized that until my child chooses his own path,  he can believe in the Easter bunny and gather eggs.  
That was compounded on Friday, when my wife bought my kids easter gift baskets.   Since when did easter become a holiday for giving gifts?   Again I chalked it up some obscure pagan ceremony.

However, that understanding doesn't extend to what I saw in a Christian church this morning.   When I went to pick up my children from a Sunday school class, my children came out of class with small bags of Easter eggs in their hands.
Now went in the world would a Christian church bring symbols of a pagan religion into their place of worship?  

Knowing the history of the early Christian church, I understand that they used the symbols of the pagan religions in an effort to entice the followers of the older religions that our God was their god.   However, that very practice would have earned them a lecture from Jesus and it would have very similar to,  "We are of this world,  but we don't need to be like the rest of the world. " 
This doesn't just pertain to easter, but also Christmas.  

If you are going to call yourself Christian, keep your place of worship clear of pagan symbols.  
If you are going to participate in pagan ceremonies,  then don't call yourself Christian.
Christ said it best,  "You can't serve two masters.  You will come to loveone more than the other,  and hate one more than the other. "