“… put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.” (Ephesians 4:24)
“I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10)
Happy Reformation Day!!! … That is my greeting. No tricks. No treating.
Are you dressing up for this “holiday”? It is better called a Pagan observance, not any sort of holiday – because that word implies “holy day”. It is anything but that. What will you put on? Or will it be just a put on? Better be careful – it may become difficult to get out of character if you take the role too seriously.
Personally, it was difficult to watch this afternoon: moms leaving the public school across the street – clad in black, dressed like witches, body language in a lot of cases indicating they were enjoying embodying the dark side far too much. (Was this party at the school for the kids or for them?) Few in any other costumes.
More and more each year this observance moves toward the dark side. And therein lies its subtlety. What was once just a day for wearing costumes such as butterflies, ballerinas, and bunnies has now become an excuse to give in “just a little” to the allurement of appearing witchy. For Christians this ought to be a no brainer, as the directive is “Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5:22) Yes, that one is “controversial”. It seems that wherever the Scripture is clear on something, there are those who’d like to wiggle out of the conviction the Holy Spirit puts on them about it and twist its meaning, or water it down. Certainly “appearing” as the representative of evil, in order to celebrate its prime holiday, is more than to flirt with it.
If you have an “outpost” like mine (a desk by the picture window across from a public school) from where one observes many things, and you’re taking note of the “trends”, that is what is seen at Halloween. Often people used to dress as angels. Now they’re dressing as angels of deception. And loving it. And if you deck out your little ones that way, it frankly borders on child abuse!
Our tax dollars now allow for the observance of witchcraft and its holidays in public schools, but children are not allowed to pray Christian prayers, or to read the Bible. Where’s the religious equality in that? Next up will be an introduction into Islam – coming soon to an indoctrination center near you.
I wonder – if people knew of the real forces behind these ancient Pagan observances, what the practices were, and had just enough of a bump with the actual presence of evil – in a clear and unmistakeable way, whether they would still think it’s all fun and games to celebrate Halloween?
Apparently, considering all the Christians who involve themselves in all the Halloween hype, hoopla, and hanky-panky, we could use yet another Reformation Day and movement. If anything, at the very least, may all who love the Lord and understand His holy purposes ponder that as the alternative to the world’s engagement with this dark observance.