Easter Eggs and Evangelism

This was my Facebook status yesterday: “Consider the weight of Good Friday and the greater weight without it.”

This is how my status reads today: “It’s interesting to me how many churches equate evangelism with Easter Egg Extravaganzas.”

Good Friday is ALL about Jesus. Easter egg hunts . . . not so much. So how, then, did so many churches decide that dedicating time, money and volunteers to such a community-wide event driven by consumerism and folklore was a great evangelism strategy?

What is the real purpose?

Is a church-sponsored Easter egg hunt meant to raise the church’s visibility in the community? Is that the goal? Well, it might work for some, but is there a more effective way for people to become equated with your church–long-term and in general? I mean really, do you want people to say, “Oh, is that the church that does that big Easter Egg Hunt every year?”

Is it meant as an opportunity for the congregation to share the gospel with the participants? Say, as Johnny and Jane are hunting for eggs, Johnny’s mom can talk to Jane’s mom about Jesus? Okay, maybe so. But wouldn’t it be cheaper and less labor intensive if Johnny’s mom would share about Jesus if she were, oh, I don’t know, simply at the neighborhood playground and bring Him up during regular conversation with the other moms?

Is it a church status thing? As if an EEE (Easter Egg Extravaganza) subliminally sends the message that if a church has enough money and volunteers to load up a grassy area with 10,000 colored eggs then it must be a church worth attending, as opposed to one who can’t (or won’t).

I don’t know. Maybe I’m being a little harsh, but really? Easter Eggs = Evangelism? Since when?

Easter means so much more than egg hunts for the church–communion, resurrection, forgiveness, freedom, completion, new beginnings, cancellation of debts, martyrdom, victory, celebration, and on and on. Pastel eggs and chocolate bunnies . . . ? And we’re devoting the day between Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday to finding dyed hard-boiled eggs or sugar filled plastic ones? And this is good outreach strategy.

Jesus came to teach us again how we should live. And if it hadn’t been for his death and subsequent resurrection . . . well, you know, “Easter” wouldn’t exist.

Instead of EEEs why don’t we offer free communion on street corners? advertise about the reality of martyrdom through the ages–dying (as opposed to dyeing) for something worth dying for? offer health care services with the intent to minister to the whole person in light of Christ’s sacrifice? What else can we come up with that might have a better rate of return on the investment?

It seems to me that Jesus’ investment deserves a better idea from us than an EEE.

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  1. Judy says:

    Wow! I was trying to explain this to some of the ladies at the church on why my family and myself will not be attending the Easter Egg Hunt at the Church. We attended years ago when I went to Real Life… it was so crazy and chaotic, it felt awful! I understand the out reach part. But it just felt soooo greedy to me, so much chaos and grabbing. I just hated the crowds and watching some kids cry because someone took the eggs they were going for. We had a little egg hunt for our 2 boys at our house and it turned out much the same way. It was sad. I wanted them to have fun and enjoy, but it was so much about who got what, it just lost all the fun. I guess our culture dictates a lot of this. But after getting to go on work and witness trips and seeing what people live without and are happy, it just changed something in me to where, when I see the greed and the “gimmy” I get nervous. I want my children to know the difference between need and want. I have to remind myself of this daily! What a balance. Do I need to eat that, or is it just what my head thinks I need? Ack. Anyway, thank you so much for this article. Its nice to know someone has the words and the wisdom to explain it the way my brain was trying to process my feelings.

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