Why are we allowing Christianity to be hijacked?
Ephesians 5:11 (KJV)
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
It makes me sad seeing Christianity being used to defend against people and things that have nothing to do with Christianity. There was a whole debacle about the egg hunt not being called an Easter egg hunt and it went as far as parliament. The obvious voices were crying its the Muslimisation of the country of course. I thought it was a silly argument considering eggs have nothing to do with Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.
But my thoughts over the weekend have been going around in circles because I ask myself when did we as Christians lose sight of the real meaning of Christian and non Christian holidays like Easter and Christmas? Why are we so quick to use our beliefs to defend against halal everything when the threat to our beliefs are the people who don’t believe in any religion at all or more dangerously the people who claim to believe the same as us but don’t know the foundations of Grace.
I think that it is time that we started to really challenge any voices that use Christianity against Muslims (or any other religious group) when those voices themselves have nothing to do with Christianity. We need to be vocal when people are using hate and imagined fear to try and create a culture that is divided against the very people who are more likely to turn to Jesus Chris than not. There are many groups out there that claim to be Christian groups but are the complete opposite of everything that Jesus stands for. Jesus’ most important command is love (Mark12:30-31) but a lot of the groups that claim to be Christian function mainly to oppress varying racial/religious groups.
Mark 12:30-31 (KJV)
30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
Christian holidays have been extremely diluted for a long time now (not because they offend other religions but because they offend people who don’t believe in God.) Just because companies are capitalizing on halal products it does not mean that Christian Easter is being lost in a sea of political correctness. (Political correctness is not complete nonsense, as Christians it should be a part of us.) If you’re offended by halal Easter eggs for whatever reason you seriously need to look within yourself and ask yourself why a product that is gelatin free offends you. Halal Easter eggs are just Kosher / Vegetarian eggs. The offense lies in the title and not in the actual product itself.
Personally am I offended by people removing Easter from their bunny celebrations? NO! Christianity has not been a part of the celebration for a very long time so personally, I refuse to get annoyed by something that isn’t oppressing me or any other Christians world wide. Let us focus on the people who are quick to claim Christianity when they want to attack but then live a life that is the complete opposite of what Jesus wants us to live. Let us really look at the laws, precedents that are being set against Christianity to see where the true oppression lies and that’s in the people who believe in themselves and not God.
Joyce Meyer mentions some of the precedents that have already been set in America.