Think for a minute about the holidays you celebrate: Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Haloween, etc…. Have you ever wondered how they line up with what you claim to believe? Why is that important? Well, if you aren’t careful, you end up like the Roman Catholic Church and think things like famadihana are ok. For more on it go read this article at the BBC website. Here is a quote from the article:
There have also been clashes with Christianity. Early missionaries to the country tried to stop it and today increasing numbers of evangelical Christians are turning away from famadihana.
Perhaps surprisingly though, the Roman Catholic Church, the largest in the country, no longer opposes it.
For his part Jean Pierre stressed that in any case it is not a religious ceremony, but a tradition.
I don’t know anything more than what I read in the article, butI believe that true Christians would and should seperate from this kind of behavior. Why? Well, once the body (the earth suit) has died, the soul leaves the bod. That “person” isn’t around any more. What use is there is revering the body?
Don’t get me wrong, we have many things in our US culture that are the same way: Christmas and Santa (no, he isn’t real). Easter and the Easter Bunny. Haloween. The list goes on and on. We need to be very careful in what we think, say, and allow. Otherwise, we won’t be able to honestly look at our fellow Brothers and Sisters and explain to them why a practice like famadihana is wrong without being hypocrytical. Go think about it for a bit.