2012-11-02 - Halloween Reflections
There's a lot of dispute about Halloween these days because it had pagan origins. Here's a news breaker for some so did Christmas and Easter. The church took over those days and Christianized them by giving them Christian meanings. They did that too with Halloween. There are plenty of articles on the history of these holidays so I'll let you search the web for details. But highlight is that as Christianity became the dominant religion, celebrations were taken over to celebrate Christian meanings but many of the traditions endured and as commercialization of holy days turned them into sales opportunities those "pagan" traditions tend to overshadow the Christian purposes. All Hallow's Day and the night before known as All Hallow's Eve were a time to celebrate the lives of martyrs.
Like any self-respecting candy-addicted parent, I took my kids out for some candy extortion where they got to threaten tricks if they didn't get treats but I also reflected on a passage of scripture that the "true meaning" brought to mind.
Hebrews 12:1-3 (NASB)
So if we have this great cloud surrounding us cheering us on from the sidelines of heaven we can endure anything, overcome anything, and achieve anything for the cause of Christ. Now as we look forward to the holiday season with Thanksgiving and Christmas let us be thankful for the sacrifices of so many who were not ashamed to proclaim the gospel even though it cost them their lives. If year after year people had not told others then where would any of us be today? So let us go out and set this town on fire and tell them all about the consuming fire that burns deep within us. As we do we can remember that we are not alone, we walk on the shoulders of many great men and women. And we work as co-laborers with God almighty himself.