So, here are my real thoughts on Easter. Hope you are sitting.
It doesn’t matter to me if Easter, the Easter Bunny, and the egg hunts are pagan or not - that isn’t the issue for me. It really isn’t. I don’t care about what’s pagan or not pagan.
The real issue is what we teach or better yet, what we DON’T teach our kids.
Remember, I’ve spent 30 years in public education, and over that career span I have dealt with probably 5,000 plus kids.
Kids are great at imagining, believing, role playing, imitating adults, taking risks, being self-repairing in difficulty, and yes, as Jesus says, they have a child like faith.
These inherent qualities make kids super powerful in the spirit realm, and these little kiddos carry a whopping punch when they’re praying. Yes, little kids who believe and pray for healing … see powerful results!
With Easter, we are teaching kids to hunt, to seek, to find. They look for eggs that contain hidden treasure.
Why aren’t we teaching kids about the treasure that sits inside them? Why aren’t we teaching kids to seek God? Why aren’t we teaching our kids to seek more of His presence? Why aren’t we teaching them to press into what’s been given?
“You will 👉 seek me and find me, when you 👉 seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
Seeking is absolutely everything, and yet we waste an opportunity on resurrection day to teach our kids about seeking the power of the resurrection (Phil 3:10).
“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who 👉 seek him.”
Yes, Jesus rewards those who seek Him. Yet. What are they rewarded with?
More of the Holy Spirit. Yes. The More. The power that increases the effectiveness of one’s own gifting.
Yes. The power of the kingdom.
Yes. The supernatural batteries that power the gifts.
“And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; 👉 seek, and you will find; knock, and it (The Holy Spirit) will be opened to you.” Luke 11:9
I’d honestly be ok with the bunny if we just taught kids the truth about seeking and the gifts within them that run on the power of the resurrection. But. We don’t do that because it’s too hard, too confusing, or too uncool.