Easter is not meant to be about the idolatry of a cross that is seen in places of worship frequented by Evangelicals and other so-called “Christian” fundamentalists. The only veneration of the brutal symbol of hypocrisy should be that of its ugliness and contempt for the way of Christ. The scapegoat of humanity was meant to bring truth to our tendency towards evil; even by those closest to God in the flesh. His life showed us how to overcome our most base animal instincts by having empathy and compassion for our brothers and sisters. This is the way to eternal life for all who choose to follow Him.
The message has been hidden by too many shepherds who are replacing it with one of martyrdom for the “chosen few true worshippers.” Their flocks have covered themselves with cloaks of righteousness that cover their true nature of arrogance and hatred for those who dare question their actions. They claim to be “oppressed” as imagined threats of losing their guns and their religious way of life are spread from one congregation to the next like wildfire. They have mobilized their militias as if Christ died for their right to control the rights of others. They give nothing, but they take whatever they can grab from the so-called “pagans” who don’t follow their rules.
The legalistic and ritualistic nature of these people is exactly what Jesus warned us about. It’s old news that has been tested again and again with failing results. Today’s Pharisees and Saduccees are a regurgitated version of those directly responsible for Christ’s crucifixion. If there is one observation each human being makes during the short time they walk this Earth, it is that everything changes. Isn’t it time we let go of the old and embrace the new? Apparently, God thought so as evidenced by bringing us the gift of His Son to save us from ourselves.