I have to say that it's the fault of us Christians, that's usually the only time we invite them. My pastor was just talking about this very same thing. We need to invite them not only during the two holidays, but at any time and continue in discipling them, make sure their getting fed spiritually always.
They feel an obligation for some reason or another, but they are comfortable with regular church services. They do not know they ARE allowed to church shop and find one that fits their personality and belief focus.
Good question. The same for people who never go to church, but show up for infant baptism, Christmas mass or for whatever other reason. Maybe they want to show off their new clothes, or feel good for one day.
Easter is the biggest "holiday" in the Christian world (even more important than Christmas). If what happened on Easter (Jesus rising from the dead), didn't happen at all, we would all be lost. It is the day of victory over death. It's the day that Jesus promised His disciples, and it verified for them the diety of the Lord. People who don't go all year, but do go on Easter, know there's something about that special day.
Some Catholics receive "Holy Communion" during Easter season and do so on Easter Sunday. They are required to receive the sacrament during that period, doctrine. You're right though, they are the folks who usually pray once a year, at Thanksgiving. Somewhat questionable.
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I've heard the phrase "C & E Christians" meaning they show up for Christmas and Easter. Those two days just seem to take on an extra motivation to attend church, I guess, (observing Christ's birth and resurrection),even if they don't have that motivation the rest of the year.
If you are going to claim a religious affiliation, then it is standard practice to follow some of the norms of that group. Very few Christians follow the bible to the letter - if they did, there would be a public stoning everyday and debt slavery and most would be in jail - almost all pick and choose what they are going to follow. One of these "picks" is going to church on Easter. By making this choice, they feel that they can still use the LABEL Christian although in REALITY they are not following ALL of the church's teachings. Yes it is hypocritical but most people base their life on perception and less on truth anyway so it is an understandable human construct.
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Betty, I believe that it is because the spectacle of the Work of The Cross that draws them in. And I have seen many, many walk down the isle to dedicate their lives to The Lord on that day, but unfortunately, our Bible tells us that those who stick with it will be very few. I wish that it were not so...