Okay, I’m going to be upfront here.  I haven’t, nor will I, see the new movie Hop.  This post is primarily why.

Here’s the plot summary from RottenTomatoes.com

The battle for Easter is on! In HOP, Despicable Me’s Russell Brand voices E.B., the teenage son of the Easter Bunny. On the eve of taking over the family business, E.B. leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream of becoming a drummer. Once there, he encounters Fred (James Marsden of the X-Men series, Enchanted), an unemployed slacker with his own lofty goals. Feigning injury, E.B. persuades Fred to take him in, and Fred finds himself living with the world’s worst houseguest. Back on Easter Island, a power-hungry chick who has lived in the shadows for far too long has been plotting a coup to take over one of the biggest jobs in the world. Now that E.B.’s gone, he’s got his chance. As E.B. discovers who he really wants to be and who he’s meant to become, everything will lead him and Fred to an epic showdown to try and save Easter.

That’s right, the battle for Easter is on.  Easter.  The holiest of Christian holidays, which has already been crapped on by our culture so much that more people think it is about the Easter bunny, candy and hidden eggs.  Now, there’s a movie, which is further pushing the point that Easter is not about the risen Christ.

What bothers me so much about this is the fact that nobody seems to be bothered by it.  If this were a movie about a commercialized version of a holy day for Islam or Hindism or any other world religion, then people would be throwing a fit about it.  Of course, right there is the problem that we face in the first place.  We’ve allowed Easter to be secularized, and now that secularization has reached an inevitable saturation point.  Maybe that’s what is bothering me so much.

I love Easter.  I love the story of Easter.  I love the fact that because of Easter, we can be set free from our sin and enter into eternal life with God.  And yet, how many people think Easter is all about the Bunny, baskets, and finding eggs?  It breaks my heart to know that we, as Christians, have fallen so far from our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ that this is what people think about when it comes to Easter.

Let me encourage you, as we draw closer to the Easter celebration to share the true meaning of Easter with those you know.  If you have children, make sure they know what it is all about.  I’m not saying that you shouldn’t do the egg hunt, or Easter basket, or anything like that, but don’t let them lose sight of the importance of this holiest of holidays.  If we lose Easter to secularism, then we have nobody but ourselves to blame for the continued decline of the Church in America.

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