Ok, so the title of this post may remind some people of a particular scene from the movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. But, that movie was not the inspiration. (However, as a point of trivia, did you know that I grew up and lived for 30 years only about an hour south of Talladega? And, I’ve never been to a NASCAR race.)
Jeremy points out the disparity in celebrating Christmas and Easter both in American culture and in the American church. Everyone loves to celebrate Christmas (for a month or more), but Easter seems to be an afterthought almost.
Of course, the real problem is not how we celebrate the “holidays” but what those holidays represent. As Jeremy says:
Did you ever realize that in Scripture, the birth of Jesus doesnâ€™t really matter a whole lot? Oh sure, Matthew talks about it, and Luke gives it some room, but other than those two Gospels, itâ€™s as if nobody cares about the birth of Jesus. No other author mentions the virgin birth. The star stops shining. The wise men disappear from the stage. Sure, the details of the birth of Jesus are critical, crucial, important, and necessary, but it still only gets a few short paragraphs in all of the New Testament. (Somewhere, I read the number of verses that talk about the birth of Jesus compared to the number of verses that talk about His resurrection, but I cannot find it right now. Anybody ever run across this?)
The resurrection of Jesus, however, is mentioned in all four Gospels, appears in nearly every chapter of Acts, and finds its way into the center of Paulâ€™s thinking, Peterâ€™s sermons, and Johnâ€™s writings. It is almost as if the New Testament writers were saying, â€œThe birth of Jesus? Mehâ€¦. But the resurrection of Jesus? Now thatâ€™s the good stuff!â€
So, what do you think? Do we focus on the birth of Jesus too much, and do we not focus on the resurrection of Jesus enough?