Why Easter Is Green

If all the secular trappings of Easter are removed from this Christian holiday, the true green nature of Easter can be revealed.
Apr 5, 2010 1:39 PM ET

Why Easter is Green

I’ve been reading quite a few articles lately about the need to “green” Easter. Articles about reducing the amount of plastic eggs and candy in non-biodegradeable packaging. Articles about the impact of Easter “grass” and the ill-effects of toxic dyes on our health.

And while I agree with nearly everything I’m reading, it might be for a different reason than you’d think.

As a Christian, Easter is the most important religious day of the year for me. It is a day of thoughtful prayer, fellowship with family and friends, and a time of deep reflection for those of my faith.

But Easter has been corrupted as a celebration of bunnies, dyed eggs and baskets of candy. Easter, in fact, has nothing to do with bunnies or chocolate. Easter, like Christmas, has been appropriated as a secular holiday. It is not. All the secular trappings of Easter - like plastic eggs and disposable Easter grass - are what have turned it into an eco-nightmare.

For me, Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a joyful, yet serious holiday that celebrates redemption, rebirth, renewal and the importance of faith.

I believe that environmentalism is an important part of my Christian heritage. We are commanded by God to protect what He has given us. We are stewards of this planet, and it’s our responsibility to take care of it.

Recycling, reuse, conservation, and providing for others through charitable work, all strengthen my faith through action. When I do these things, I am showing God that I respect His world, and that I take seriously His intention for me to help look after it.

By removing the secular frills that have become associated with Easter, and returning it to its rightful place as a religious holiday for devout Christians, Easter will once again be “green.” As I believe it was intended to be.

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