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Martin and Halloween Posted 10.28.2016

This is a great weekend for the church.  Daring Faith and the Harvest Festival and the Reformation intertwine in a dramatic – and hectic – way.  So let’s get some perspective on it all.  I came across this article which I cannot improve upon.  So I “asked” David Mathis (from Desiring God) to write for the Back Page today.  Ok, well, I am borrowing some of his words for your consideration.  Halloween is a night for faith.  Listen to David.


Halloween is not too haunted for true saints. This is no night for God’s “holy ones” to run and hide, but rise up and revel in the power of our sovereign Christ. This is not the devil’s day, but ours. No concessions, no treaties, no retreat. No call to fear, but an invitation to feast.


Originally “All Hallows’ Eve” may have been an annual commemoration of the seemingly super-holy, the Roman “saints” (Latin hallows, “holy ones”). But under God’s kind providence, a monk named Martin came to our rescue when he went trick-or-treating on October 31, 1517, at the church door in Wittenberg. Eventually Luther labored with a horde of others to liberate God’s people from a host of medieval misconceptions — including the assumption that only some, not all, of Christ’s people are “saints” (Romans 1:7).


Claiming All Hallows’ Eve truly belongs to believers does not mean we celebrate death or darkness. Far from it. We celebrate our Savior’s victory over death and over everything demonic. We mark Christ’s triumph, through death, over sin and Satan. “Through death he . . . destroy[ed] the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil” (Hebrews 2:14).


As Christians, with open Bibles, we have a theology tall enough and thick enough for every ounce of Halloween, and every other day of the year. This is not a night to moan and fret, but to rejoice with confident smiles and treats in hand. And with open ears because the harvest is ripe for rehearsing precious truths — or teaching them for the first time — about the undaunted dominion of Christ and what it means for us as his people.


So, let’s lead our community out of fear and into joy. The harvest is great, and Halloween is a striking foil — for teaching our kids, and reminding ourselves — of who we are in Christ.


Mark this: unbelieving humans are not our enemies. The devil and his demons are the foe. “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but…against the cosmic powers over this present darkness…” (Ephesians 6:12).


We must look upon the nastiest costumes with the mind and heart of Christ. “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36). And we chase away the darkness by turning on our porch lights and giving out the best of treats, not the stingiest.  Or….we celebrate together at church with light and love and joy.


Be strong in him and in the strength of his might, and on this All Hallows’ Eve, let’s take our stand against the schemes of the devil.  After all, this is our night.




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