Friday, 31 October 2014
Albert Mohler provides us here an excellent article on the origins of Halloween.
When I was a lad (which I hasten to add was not as long ago as all that!) this night's importance in popular culture was easily eclipsed by that of the upcoming 5th November celebrations commemorating the demise of the Roman Catholic plot to blow up our Protestant parliament.
Nowadays though Guy Fawkes has almost completely surrendered to the ghostly battalion of ghosts, ghouls and goblins.
This might be due to the increasing occultic influence in society or (as I suspect) it is likely more attributable to the relentless Americanisation of our culture, since "trick or treat" is an imported term altogether unknown to my childhood.
And if we can't blame our American cousins then let us blame the capitalists, for whom tonight is just another opportunity to squeeze another few pennies out of us all.
For after Halloween the annual insanity that is the secular Christmas will be upon us. Then it is Valentine's Day, Mothers Day, Easter... the retail trade's relentless assault upon the wallet is wholly without mercy.
Mohler's efforts not withstanding, I think that the origins (pagan or otherwise) of all our various celebrations are really besides the point. No one really cares what Halloween or anything of the other parties are about.
In a few short weeks people will eat and drink themselves silly around a Christmas tree without one in a thousand being able to tell you what the incarnation is. People celebrate only because it is seemingly compulsory to celebrate.
I have a theory as to why our society requires so little persuasion to comply with this madness.
I suspect it is that if the average person ever ceased his celebrating, he would quickly realize that this empty round of meaningless pleasures is actually all that he has in life.
Should he ever stop the party for a while then he risks coming face-to-face with the painful fact that he actually doesn't have any thing else to do but party.
We were created to worship God.
Without Him as the centre and focus of our lives then we have nothing at all except these vain pursuits.
As Michal Horton said recently, "God is not a supporting actor in our life movie. We exist for His purposes not the other way around."
That we who were designed for the worship of an awesome Lord can so easily be satisfied with the trinkets and baubles of Halloween tells us how much we have declined as a race.
Fallen Adam, designed to sail the endless ocean of divine discovery, instead sits content within the dark and dingy well of his own miserable entertainments.
"The chief end of Man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever."
How sad then that we can be so easily bought off with a paper mask and a pumpkin.