Thursday, May 23, 2013
Purple State of John
Thoughts of a wordslinger…
I’m one of those awful people. October 31 is my favorite holiday.
All month long, or whenever I can catch a moment, I watch scary movies. With my family, I love to pick out pumpkins and carve them. I enjoy having bags of candy in the house and not feeling guilty about it. I wait in suspense to find out who–or what–my son wants to be for the holiday. I get a special delight out of reading a story by Lovecraft or M.R. James or Poe.
On a perfect autumn evening, with leaves drifting down, candles flickering in windows and a soft wind soughing through branches, I like to sit on the porch and absorb the spooky loveliness of a New England Halloween.
This man, Ray Gano, writing for something called the Right Side News, feels very, very differently. Here’s an excerpt:
Well it is that time of the year again… Halloween. But what gets me is that I am amazed at how many Christians celebrate it in one form or another. People justify it by calling it innocent fun, or even go as far as “Christianizing” it by having a “Fall Harvest Festival” or dressing up kids in your favorite biblical character. But when the rubber meets the road, this is Satan’s high holy day. Folks, If you are a christian, you know that too. There is no claiming ignorance on this one. So being a Christian, why are you even dabbling in celebrating this day at all? Scripture says…
Romans 12:2 (KJV) “and be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Christ suffered and died for our sins, he gave his all. It is our reasonable service to live a life holy and acceptable unto Him.
Let me ask all of you this…
How many of you have prominent pictures of old girlfriends or boyfriends in your house?
How many of you call up your old boyfriends or girlfriends on your “dating” anniversary?
Do any of you celebrate anything dealing with an old flame at all?
Odds are that you do not. In fact your significant other would be rather upset if you did and would be down right hurt and brokenhearted.
Let me ask you this…
Why are we celebrating a holiday dedicated to our enemy no matter what we call it or how we justify it?
What people are doing when they celebrate the enemies / world’s holidays is committing spiritual adultery.
Spiritual adultery sounds kind of fun to me, but he doesn’t see it that way.
Why am I posting his thoughts? Because they are a window into another sensibility, one that I find endlessly frustrating and always fascinating.
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