How do you respond to 'Happy Easter' ?

Discussion in 'Church Calendar and Pretended Holy Days' started by JimmyH, Apr 21, 2019.

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  1. NaphtaliPress

    NaphtaliPress Administrator Staff Member

    What is different with responding this way to 'happy easter' and similarly to "are you going to enjoy that super bowl game today"? If one is an opportunity to witness to the truth, why is not the other? In the modern, may I be specific, Presbyterian church, it's as frequently going to happen as the other.

  2. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    Surely it would depend upon the circumstances. Most of the time when people ask "Did you have a good Easter?" they are inquiring as to whether or not you enjoyed the vacation. In such a circumstance, I do not think that it is necessary to give them a theological lecture in response. If someone were to ask me why I was not at church on 25 December or Good Friday, I would explain why. In fact, such a situation would be analogous to what I generally do when asked did I watch a sporting event on the Sabbath or if I would I go to a restaurant on the Lord's Day?
  3. Taylor Sexton

    Taylor Sexton Puritan Board Junior

    Hence why I quoted the Second Helvetic. I do not subscribe to it, and I tend toward the Westminsterian "rejection" of the celebration of it, but there are good Reformed men who differ on this subject, and I view it generally and within biblical parameters as a matter of Christian liberty.
  4. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    I fully grant that point and try to discourage people from saying things like opposing Christmas and Easter is the (as opposed to a) Reformed view of the subject. A case has been made for the observance of the evangelical feast days on the basis of the RPW, though I find it weak and unconvincing for reasons that I will mention in a subsequent thread. With all that said, however, I still maintain that it is appropriate to criticise those who stand within the Westminsterian tradition for their declension on this point.
  5. KMK

    KMK Administrator Staff Member

    Exactly. "Walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."

    It is possible your weaker brother could be suffering/struggling and looking for an opportunity to start an edifying conversation with a stronger brother. Maybe engage in the conversation and look for an opportunity to express your contrary view if appropriate.
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  6. Andrew P.C.

    Andrew P.C. Puritan Board Junior

    A simple thank you should suffice. Conversations about these issues should happen organically; not on the basis of someone being “grumpy”.

    It seems there are many experiences here by the many responses. I, for one, have found that people who celebrate these days tend to be more aggressive then some “cage-stagers”.
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