I was reading a blog by a member of my home congregation Well of Hope in Pineville, NC. You can find the blog in question here http://the-well.org/blogs/index.php?blog=7 it is the first post you come to. I have been thinking about Halloween and what it means in the life of the church today. The secretary at my internship site does not like Halloween and did not let her children go trick or treating. This may seem a little on the restrictive side, but what does this holiday stand for, what does it represent? This is an interesting collection of thoughts on what the Church is. The church is the body of Christ. We are the church- the old kids thingy goes heres the church heres the steeple open the doors and there’s all the people, well that just isn’t it… The people are the church. We are the church together, I am the church, you are the church, we are all the church together. In Isaiah 2:2-5 it says:
2:2 In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it.2:3 Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.2:4 He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.2:5 O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD!
Here the prophet says there will be many nations that will flow into Jerusalem like a stream. The prophet does not say national lines will dissappear, that we will become one nation, there will be differences here, we will not be clones of each other, which is good, because we all are here to serve a purpose, a unique purpose, a unique part of the body. To read more on this from Paul, go to Romans 12 or 1 Corinthians 12. We will be from different nations, yet unites under God. As KC and Julie said in the great song, Lord make us undivided, help us to beat our swords into shovels, and our spears into hoes. Let us walk in the light of the Lord, the one who claims us all as his children.
So what does this have to do with Halloween, or All Hallows Eve? I wonder if we should as a church celebrate this US holiday. Is it soemthing that is counter to what we are called to be as disciples of Christ? Are we allowing our children to be a part of something evil and perverse by dressing them in costumes and sending them out to beg for candy? I am not saying I believe this. I just wonder if this is something to think about. Here at my internship site, we have a Harvest Party on October 31, with Christian appropriate costumes. I asked my supervisors if the devil costume I borrowed from them would be appropriate for the party. I wonder if my costume is going to be appropriate for my standing as intern, or for the party. You see a fellow intern classmate of mine and me are dressing up as Mary and Jesus, she is going to be Mary and I am going to be Jesus, with my daughters as an angel and the devil. It is a theme, which is interesting, but how does that sit with the night being the all holy holiday for all that is evil, with us dressing up as characters from the bible, one being the author and perfector of our faith according to Hebrews 12:2….
Just some thoughts, not sure if they will get us any where, but ramblings and wonderings of the mind of asacredrebel