The Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Burns Flat, Oklahoma announced today that the community Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, 26 March 2016 at 10:00 a.m. That’s correct; the church is sponsoring the Easter Egg Hunt.
Not sure if that is a dichotomy, an oxymoron, or a paradox? Don’t decide until you hear a little bit of the story.
Three years ago the Cumberland Presbyterian Church stepped in at the last minute and with the help of several donors, put on an Easter Egg Hunt. It was not going to happen otherwise.
Then, the real story began. The church session voted to adopt the Easter Egg Hunt as a ministry.
Hold your holy horses!
Hunting Easter Eggs is not about the real Easter story. Why is a church adopting this pagan pageant for kids? Why indeed?
Does this church not know that the world is invading Christianity? How could they do this?
Actually, the world is not invading Christianity. Christianity is invading a pagan world. The truth that Christians carry is being marched in to community after community around the world. That invasion has been underway for 2000 years.
It is not carried out with tank divisions and air strikes but with messages of how much God loves you. Strategy and tactics still play a role.
Sometimes people don’t answer their doors when they see the Christians coming with their good news, but they will bring their children to the community Easter Egg Hunt just like they bring them to Trunk or Treat on Halloween.
Church members give out plenty of candy at both events. Parents need not worry. Their children will still receive enough candy to give them stomach aches all night long and keep the dental profession in business for decades to come.
But the kids and adults will receive more than candy eggs or hollow chocolate bunnies. They will receive gospels, Bibles, Bible story books, God Loves You books, and more. It will still be a blast for the kids, but in the midst of all the egg hunting, the message of Easter will be given to all.
Back to 2016: Be at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church by 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, 26 March 2015. The hunt is for children up to age 12.
Donations by organizations, businesses, and individuals may be delivered to the church any time during March or mailed to Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Box 8, Burns Flat OK 73624. Helpers will be needed to place the eggs at 9:00 a.m. that Saturday morning and to help give out prizes during the hunt.