EAST LANSING — Easter continues to be one of many religious holidays subject to commercialism.
Rev. Andrew Filkins, associate pastor of the Peoples Church said, “It saddens me a little bit when it comes to the actual celebration of that day. I really do want to focus on the resurrection of Christ. It’s a central, pivotal moment in the Christian faith, so I love to see that.
On the other side of it, I also see a lot of people who are not a part of really any church on a regular basis getting involved for that day, so if maybe the chocolate bunnies or the little peeps bring them into that holiday, I’m OK with that. But, when they come through the doors of the church I want to make sure that hour that we spend celebrating the resurrection that day is meaningful and is focused on Christ resurrection and what that means for our faith.”
Denise Zakerski, communications manager and office administrator of St. John Church, said, “I think that the world works very hard to separate church out of anything that’s in the marketplace so, while you see bunnies and eggs and you would think that they are secular, those actually have their basis in Christian beliefs in tvhe renewal of life that comes about because Jesus died to save us from our sins.”