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These days acronyms are everywhere you look. There are those that show up on social media, like LOL, ICYMI, IMHO, and my favorite, ELI5 (Explain Like I’m Five). There are ones that started in the military but moved into common parlance, like AWOL, SWAT, and even FUBAR. Medical diagnoses have been reduced to letters: ADHD, HIV, SIDS. Some of you reading might work in HR or have an MBA; others suffer from PSTD or attend AA. Who hasn’t LOL or tuned into ESPN or been told do to something ASAP?
In the religious world we have our acronyms as well: KJB, VBS, and the ubiquitous WWJD. There are useful shorthand acronyms for certain religious groups: Mormons are members of the LDS, and AME rolls off the tongue far easier than the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Around the holidays CMEs make their appearance as well—as in those who go to church only on Christmas, Mother’s Day and Easter. I know some regular churchgoers who even won’t attend on Easter because the CMEs take all of the seats!
But there’s another group I’ve been thinking about as Easter approaches: SBNRs, or Spiritual But Not Religious. People in this camp share a similar outlook with their religious brethren, seeing the world through a lens of “there must be something bigger than me out there” but don’t find it sitting in a pew. They feel the connectedness of the secular and transcendent worlds without needing “organized religion” to facilitate the experience.
Is Easter to an SBNR nothing other than eggs and chocolate bunnies? Is there nothing that the most sacred day on the Christian calendar has to offer them? Is there a deeper meaning to Easter that speaks to us all, religious or not?…