Conservative Corner: Christian vs. Commercialism

As a conservative I am a big fan of capitalism and commercialism, but as a spiritual person, I am troubled at our society’s view of certain holidays that are celebrated in America that shouldn’t be commercialized. The collaboration of capitalism in connection with the Christian faith really bothers me. The idea that Christmas isn’t here until Santa Clause makes and appearance or that it’s not Easter until the Easter Bunny shows up is truly disturbing.
One of the biggest issues with America’s connection with the holidays is money. Christianity is supposed to be about love, brotherhood and friendship, not about the depths of ones pockets. To some it may be the way they choose to celebrate a few of the more popular Holliday, however, the reasons for the major holidays come from the Christian faith.
I am well aware that seasonal icons like Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny, while may be an Americanize way of celebrating, did not originate in America. Unfortunately, corporations have chosen to embrace these characters and use them on the children to make their parents buy more material items that they probably don’t need.
What does the Christian celebration of Easter and the Easter Bunny have in common? It has very little in common, indeed. Spring is supposed to be the season of new life and a new beginning, hence the Easter egg. Spring is the time when Jesus was resurrected from his tomb, and that’s about all the connection is. According to discovery.com the bridge between the new life in Christ and the hiding of eggs first made the appearance in 15th century Germany, while the first documented account of an “Easter” bunny was in the 1500s and brought to Pennsylvania in the 1700s. However you look at it, there is no real connection between Easter as the retail stores like to see it and Easter as it was intended to be. Unfortunately, I believe the celebration of Easter today in the commercial since is what some want who may not be Christian.
It seems that some people who may not choose Christianity as a faith still want to reap the benefits of the Christian holidays by not necessarily celebrating Easter or even Christmas, but the icons that are associated with them. Not that this kind of celebration is a bad thing, it just seems a little odd that these people want the benefits without having the faith system.
Just in case you are not familiar with the Christian story of Easter, it can be reference from Matthew 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-20; Luke 24:1-49; John 20:1-21:25 in the New Testament of the Bible. After Jesus was crucified his body was placed in his own tomb. A large stone covered the entrance of the tomb and was sealed. Soldiers guarded the tomb, but on the third day, a Sunday, several women, including Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James and others witnessed a violent earthquake as an angel from heaven rolled the sealed stone from the entrance. The guards shook in fear as the angel, dressed in bright white, sat upon the stone. The angel announced to the women that Jesus, who was crucified, was no longer in the tomb, “He is risen, just as he said.” This is the traditional story according to christianity.about.com.
I understand that some people who may not agree with the Biblical scriptures may still want their children to know the joy of the holiday, but candy corporations are riding on the back of the Easter Bunny all the way to the bank. We learn from http://www.infoplease.com/spot/eastercandy that Easter is in second place for candy consumption and Americans have consumed 7 billion pounds of candy in 2011, according to the National Confectioner’s Association. In 2012, Americans spent nearly $2.1 billion on Easter candy. I’m not truly sure, but I don’t think Jesus would approve of the holiday as is it celebrated today by many Americans. There is one good thing about the Easter Bunny, it reminds us of the Easter season, and maybe why we celebrate.
Easter holiday traditionally has brought the biggest boost in attendance for many U.S. churches and is arguably the most important Christian holiday, as it marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after his death by crucifixion, as described in the New Testament of the Bible according to http://www.christianpost.com.
I know that not everyone believes as Christians do and probably don’t have a problem with contributing to the American economy for the sake of a Christian holiday, but do ask all non-believers to not make it difficult for those who do believe. If you see a cross, crucifix, people dressed up as angels or in Biblical garb, please don’t cause a still. Let Christians celebrate the holliday their way, in peace. After all, to many Christians, the Holliday only lasts a short time, despite what the marketing executives at Wal-Mart and Target tell you.
Please be tolerant and respectful to Christians during this holy time of Easter when we celebrate the rising from the dead and into Heaven of our savior, Jesus Christ.

Dkhummel.com, dkhummel.blogspot.com

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About D.K. Hummel
I am a dis-placed Alaskan, Ham radio operator, Broadcaster/DJ, Seahawk fan, Alaska Aces fan, U.S. Army Vet, and a conservative; but not always in that order.

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