Light in the darkness

21.10.2018

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,

redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Ephesians 5:15-16 (NKJV)

 


On the eve of the Battle of Edgehill (October 23, 1642) Baron Lord Astley raised this prayer: "Lord, you know how much I have to do today! If I forget you, do not forget me for the sake of Jesus". Unfortunately, the activities and commitments undermine our call every day. The apostle Paul was also very aware of this. Before urging them to be "filled with the Spirit", he encourages Christianity to live "as is fitting for the saints", that is, separating oneself from forms, attitudes and situations that have not been reflected in faith. Christian. To use the words of Jesus, to be "the light of the world". The believer is called to walk with caution. Not only that, it is also called to redeem the time. All the time lost before the grace of God must be recovered. The Scriptures, however, ask us to recover what we have before because the days are evil, ferocious and suffering, and we are continually testing them. How do we understand the will of God? The only way is to be filled with Spirit, every day. At the beginning of conversion, zeal for the things of God takes us away from everything else. There is only one desire: "Christ, and nothing else". With the passing of the years, however, this fire fades and our level of guard is lowered on how "joyfully" is undermined our principles of faith. I refer to a "party" that is increasingly taking hold, to the detriment of Christianity preached and practiced: Halloween.
 
The All Saints Day (celebrated on November 1st) was established in 840 AD. and it initially fell in May. During the Middle Ages believers came in contact with the cult dedicated to Samain, a Celtic deity. There was a kind of interaction between the Nordic faith, that of the Roman empire, permissive although linked to Christianity, and a tendency towards mental obscurantism, directed to defend one's own identity. From this commingling, in 1048, the anniversary was changed and moved to the 1st of November, to cover the cult of Samain. It is said that Samain goes around doing damage with the spirits of the dead, and the goal of the party is just to control the thirst for revenge of Samain and its ranks that night are celebrated. To this, which is the origin of the party, there are other legends, like that of Jack o'lantern, which is told, had sold the soul to the devil. The bargaining of his soul, after various vicissitudes, ends with a coal thrown by satan in a pumpkin that Jack carried with him and that became a lantern. The legends, beliefs, symbols of this festival are the same as the witches' world, and from simple Celtic festivities, Halloween has become a container of Satanism: it is well known all over the world that the Satanists perform the ritual on the night of October 31st of invocation of the forces of evil.
 
To justify the Halloween party, some rely on the needs of children, also supported by the orientation of child education that emphasizes the importance of experiencing the disguise. But we must ask ourselves whether it is right to satisfy these needs on a day in which the will to celebrate darkness, ghosts and evil spirits is clearly declared. Carnival is not enough !? I do not think that we must remain watching, and in some cases also suffer in silence. The believer does not fear to affirm that certain practices are clearly against the will of God. The Pauline exhortation is to guard the faith that has been taught and handed down to us in His purity. If you really want to celebrate, let's do it by invoking His name: it is in Him that we rejoice because He has given us life! Let us ask the Lord that His Spirit should spur our life like a boat, and that His Word enlighten our life, so that by sailing in this world of darkness we can light the way of many. "Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God" (2 Corinthians 7:1).

 
Devotional 43/2018
Weekly Bible reading plan

October 22   Isaiah 65-66; 1 Timothy 2
October 23   Jeremiah 1-2; 1 Timothy 3
October 24   Jeremiah 3-5; 1 Timothy 4
October 25   Jeremiah 6-8; 1 Timothy 5
October 26   Jeremiah 9-11; 1 Timothy 6
October 27   Jeremiah 12-14; 2 Timothy 1
October 28   Jeremiah 15-17; 2 Timothy 2

Memory
On October 27, 1553 Michele Serveto ends at the stake at the behest of Giovanni Calvino. His case echoed throughout Europe, marking the beginning of the modern idea of religious tolerance. Commenting on his death, Sebastiano Castellione wrote: "Killing a man does not mean defending a doctrine, but only killing a man". On October 28th 312 at Ponte Milv

 

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