Happy Reformation Day, Happy Halloween, Happy All Saints Day
Happy Reformation Day! On October 31st, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, a bold action that marked the “official” beginning of the Protestant Reformation. I’m surprised that, given the anti-Halloween stance taken by many evangelical Christian institutions, there aren’t more churches incorporating this important milestone into their autumn celebrations. “Reformation Day Party” sounds a whole lot cooler than some generic-sounding “Family Fun Day,” “Fall Festival,” or “Harvest Festival.” If Reformation Day weren’t enough, there’s also All Saints’ Day, celebrated November 1st. Although as an evangelical I don’t share the Catholic enthusiasm for the veneration of saints, I believe it’s still a good time for all Christians to remember those believers who have gone before — especially those who have given their lives for the faith. So tomorrow, Happy All Saints’ Day!
Don’t get me wrong in all this, I’m not a Halloween buzzkiller. Candy, costumes, monster movies, ghouls & ghosts, a game of D&D if schedules allow, so happy Halloween to all you folks out there as well!