“Through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.
A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.”
Today is one of the most well-known holidays in the United States.
Tonight, all over the country – and all over the world – children,
not barring adults!,
will be going out onto the streets, dressed in costumes that range from
witches to zombies, mummies to Frankenstein,
and many, many, many others I’ll not take the time here to name.
In every way, the holiday celebrates evil…darkness…death…and satan himself.
And yet, so many Christians still celebrate this black day
as if it were meant to celebration of the coming of the Lord Jesus or something!
Or perhaps they turn a blind eye to the evil they are participating in, simply because
it is fun…or good for the children.
I know many things that are fun I would never do…and many things
are good for children too, but we don’t let them have them.
these things are wrong.
Halloween has its roots deeply in the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain.
This holiday was so important to the Celtic people that, apart from the rest of the
United Kingdom, they continued celebrating it late into the centuries
and brought it to America because they felt that to not celebrate this day would
interrupt the cycle of life and certain rites of passage.
In the Celtic world Samhain marked the end of the summer, and the beginning
of the darker time of the year…winter.
It also marked a day when spirits would walk the earth…spirits of ancestors…
who would come again to their homes and eat with their living relatives.
Evil spirits were also present, however, as Samhain was a day when the ‘other world’
was permitted passage into the present world.
Thus, the creation of the ‘jack-o-lantern’, to protect ones home and family from
these evil spirits.
This holiday continued to be celebrated by the Catholic church as
(Is not that remeniscent of ‘Christmas’? – just as side note there.)
The Catholic of that day saw “Hallowmas” (celebrated on the same day as Samhain)
as a day to pray for the dead – for those in purgatory – and as a day
when those in purgatory would return as spirits to the earth to seek vengeance
on those who had wronged them during their lifetimes.
To protect themselves from these spirits, the people would often disguise themselves in costumes.
Groups of poor – more often than not, children – would go
from door to door collecting small cakes (‘soulcakes’) as a way of praying
for the dead and for those in purgatory.
This much-celebrated holiday was brought to America chiefly by Irish/Scottish immigrants.
Prior to the 19th century there is no indication that Halloween was
celebrated in America.
After the mass immigration during that century, and during the decay
of more conservative (i.e. Puritan) beliefs in America,
Halloween was widely and readily accepted.
By the end of the first decade of the 20th century, Halloween was celebrated
all across the nation.
So…gathering these facts together…
and considering openly where this holiday originated;
why would a follower of Jesus Christ ever be found to participate in the festivities on this day?
No one can choose for another – and
do not presume that I will judge you for celebrating or for not celebrating.
I have strong feelings on this – perhaps you can already see that,
but everyone must be convicted by the Lord Jesus personally.
As my Dad always says,
“He who is convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still.”