Both occur on the same day, but until about 3 years ago, I had no idea that Reformation day even exsisted. Maybe you didn’t either? Maybe you have no idea what I’m talking about even now? I certainly couldn’t blame you, it’s not commonly spoken of, even in mainline Christian circles.
October 31st is Reformation day. It is the anniversary of the day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis on the Wittenburg church door. Some churches celebrate this holiday on the last Sunday of the month. Many don’t celebrate it at all.
Maybe you’re like us, when we lived in the city we kept our porch light and other lights in the front of the house off and went upstairs to watch a movie. Praying no unknowing little child would ring our doorbell.
Maybe, you celebrate Halloween, or maybe you participate in your churches ”trunk or treat” or a Bible character costume party, or allow your children to go to parties that “aren’t Halloween related” but fall near Halloween on the calendar.
In case you don’t know, Halloween has it’s roots in Witchcraft and paganism. God’s word speaks against witchcraft. (If you doubt, look in your concordance, or an online Bible). Christian Information Ministries has an article here about witchcraft and Halloween. If you feel you must, you can also google halloween and wicca and find a ton of wiccan websites that talk about casting spells and such. (It gave me the creeps, but I did it a minute ago just to see what would come up). Yikes! Scary stuff…
If you are a believer, you are called to be different. Why would you want to participate in a holiday that celebrates evil? Or in an activity that mimicks the world?
Why would you want your children practicing the selfish behavior of “trick or treat?” in other words, “If you don’t give me something, and something good, I’m going to do something mean to you.”