Christian Passover Seders: Rip-off or religious respect?
The Passover Seder is a ritual central to Judaism -- a richly religious experience marking the exodus from slavery in Egypt with an elaborate meal of symbolic foods, prayers, stories and blessings.
President Obama has held two White House Seders to date so it wouldn't be surprising if he once again hosted Jewish staffers and guests tonight for an evening of celebrating freedom at the hand of God (FYI: In a proper Seder, Moses is never mentioned by name. God gets all the credit).
However, Obama's Seders have always been Jewish events hosted by a Christian, not a restatement of the ritual as a Christian religious event....
Chris, I like you comment, but it also shows that seders are not for Christians. The article points out that Mormons do "pretend" seders. Many of these groups that do them are really in the Replacement theology camp. q.v., What is Replacement Theology?
I certainly wouldn't mind Muslims having play eucharists, as this author suggests, or dressing up as a priest and reciting from the book of common prayer, since neither of these are Biblical notions.
I think we do need to understand that it is the Gospels which provide the interpretation as Christ being the passover lamb. John said "Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world". And Christ was crucified on passover. He was the fulfilment of the feast. Paul even says in 1st Cor 5:7, "Christ our passover, sacrificed for us". To suggest that Christians are ripping off what is essentially a Jewish celebration is to ignore the fact that the roots of the Christian faith are found in Biblical Judaism.