Why Do Christians Still Celebrate the Easter Bunny?
If the Easter Bunny technically has a pagan origin, why do Christians still celebrate it and also have Easter egg hunts at church?
First, we can see the Easter bunny and Easter egg as an outreach program to the local community. Similar to trunk-or-treat on Halloween, a tradition that allows kids to come in costume at churches and receive candy in a safer environment, churches can invite children of the local community to participate in an Easter egg hunt at the church.
Second, we can know that God can use anything to bring others to him, and this includes originally pagan symbols such as the Easter bunny.
Like Paul speaking about the statue to the unknown God, Christians can use the Easter bunny to bring a Gospel message out of a well-known cultural image.
Third, we can repurpose certain symbols like the Easter eggs to showcase a Gospel message. Instead of candy (although, we can still have Easter egg hunts with candy as a method of outreach), we can have symbols such as the donkey, cloth, nails, etc. to present the message of Jesus’ death and resurrection in a tangible and memorable way.
Finally, Christians can’t always operate in a bubble. Even if we cower away from the Easter bunny, from Christmas trees, from anything that has an origin that isn’t strictly from the Bible, we can’t completely isolate ourselves, or we’ll lose our effectiveness (Matthew 5:13). As mentioned in this article, we use loads of items each day (cars, cell phones, etc.) that the Bible doesn’t say anything about.
Nevertheless, we can use these items as vessels to show others Christ and bring others to him.
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