Hallowed

Usually I write about holiday’s like Halloween quite a bit in advance, but this month has been so busy with the baby coming, adjusting to being a father, and traveling to KC to visit family, that I haven’t had time to write about Halloween until now.

So, with Halloween just six days away, let’s give some thought to Halloween.

HALLOWEEN

Halloween derives its name from “All Hallowed Eve” and is a Catholic adulteration of the special Druid night called “Samhain”. The Druid priests believed this particular night was a night when the realm of the dead came closest to the realm of the living and the powers of darkness were heightened to their peak.  Halloween’s history, though quite extensive and very interesting, is readily available from other more authoritative sources than me, so it’s not my intention to investigate it any further.  I’ll assume that you understand the basic pagan roots and how it was brought in with and adulterating effect by the Catholic Church.

The part I want to focus on is Halloween’s “holiness”.  Halloween, when broken down to it’s basic elements, is all about “holiness”, but the question is “whose holiness?”  The founder of the Church of Satan, Anton LeVay, wrote that “the two holiest Satanic holidays after one’s [own] birthday are Walpurgisnacht (May 1st) and Halloween”.  It has been said that on Halloween “Christians around the world will join hands with satanists, pagans, occultists and the like in an attempt of one of the most insane, bizarre unions to ever hit the planet”.  Halloween is filled with the “idols of Halloween” (see section on “Ornaments of Halloween”), which many Christians buy at Wal-Mart and take into their homes (where they are supposed to be raising Godly offspring).

What is important to understand is that Halloween is viewed by Satan as his holy day.  Indeed, darkness is Halloween’s appeal and death is its rule.

HALLOWED BE THY NAME

I have two primary considerations to write about before I reveal the purpose and goal of writing this post.

My first consideration is regarding the holy name of God.

“Pray, then, in this way: ‘our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name.  ~Matthew 6:9 (NASB)

Jesus’ first and foremost concern in prayer was that the name of God would be hallowed.  Jesus taught His disciples to pray and ask God for this because the hallowing of God’s name is not accomplished by the power of man, it is God’s work:

But I had concern for my holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations, where they went. Therefore tell the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord Yahweh: I don’t do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you went.  And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned among them; and the nations shall know that I am Yahweh, says the Lord Yahweh, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. ~Ezekiel 36:21-23 (WEB/ESV)

The people of God profaned His name among the nations by both observing the festivals, customs, and traditions of pagan religions and calling on the holy name of God.  Therefore, God’s mighty work is to vindicate the holiness of His great name by the demonstration of His power in and through His people to all nations.

Therefore, when we pray to ask God to “hallow His name”, we are asking Him to use us to vindicate His holy name from the common and profane!

The holy name of God is my first concern for Christians in respect to Halloween is for the holy name of God.  I am concerned when Christians call a night that is devoted to celebrating death, terror, hellish ghouls and demons, “a Hallowed eve”.  Likewise, I am concerned that the children of God, who do bear the holy name of God, would be seen celebrating with the world the same things that the world celebrates on Halloween.

CLOTHED IN CHRIST

I will greatly rejoice in Yahweh! My soul will 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 a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. ~Isaiah 61:10

For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  If you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring[k] and heirs according to promise. ~Galatians 3:27-29

He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. ~Revelation 3:5

We are clothed with beautiful white raiments!  The filthy rags of our worldly wickedness have been taken off as we are conformed to the death of Christ and we have been clothed with the garments of Salvation as we receive newness of life by the power of the Holy Spirit. Indeed, God has given us the Robe of Righteousness!  We have put on Christ!  Hallelujah, praise Jehovah!

This is why I am very concerned that Christians would dress themselves and their children in hellish figures.

I am looking to see, where is the joy in Yahweh our LORD at the great salvation that He has clothed us with?  “Life reigns through righteousness” (Romans 5:17), and we have been clothed in righteousness!  So I must ask, why do we then dress up in figures of sin and death, knowing that “death reigned through sin” (Romans 5:21).  How do we who have tasted of the life of God now take pleasure in death?

But you must be sure of better things in Christ: you have been given the name of God unto life, and in life clothed with righteousness.  You have put off the darkness that is celebrated on Halloween and been transferred into the Kingdom of Light (Colossians 1:13).  Because of these things you have been set free into the joy of salvation and fellowship of the Almighty Father!

A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO AN UNHALLOWED EVE

The goal of my writing this post is to urge my brothers and sisters in Christ to consider a different response to Halloween.

Many people ignore Halloween altogether or go into hiding while others try to sanitize it, but I would like to suggest the following alternative response: perhaps we should consider the souls that are in bondage to the darkness on this day and contend with the powers of darkness by the Light of Christ over their souls.  I would like to encourage my brethren to meet together as a body for prayer and evangelism.  Let us all intercede with God on behalf of our neighbors as the royal priesthood of God that we have been redeemed by Christ to be, and let us go out as ambassadors of the Kingdom of God!  Let us set loose the captives and proclaim the joyful salvation of God!

If a patrol of American soldiers were informed that there was an unarmed squadron of enemy combatants that were holding and torturing prisoners, but turned their backs and did not assault their location, what would we do to them?  Would they not be immediately court-marshaled?  Yet, Christ has “disarmed the principalities and powers” and given us His name which is above every name!  Why, then, do we not go forth and liberate the captives?

Let me encourage you to respond this Halloween by contending in prayer and evangelism for the lost souls who are celebrating the darkness.  The soul who does this in faith will prosper to the glory of God and vindication of His great name!  Amen!

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