All Hallow’s Eve and The Reformation
Well, I am ashamed to admit it but I let this one slip. Yesterday was All Hallow’s Eve and today is All Saints’ Day but I didn’t even address those things in my devotional planner. Funny thing, but it doesn’t show up on my phone’s calendar either. This calendar notifies me about all the current holidays. All of them, that is, except those on the Christian calendar for yesterday and today. Why is that?
I can remember way back in July when my calendar made sure that I knew about Ashura. That’s the celebration of the false god that Elijah confronted on Mount Carmel. Should we be celebrating that? Really?
I get notifications about all sorts of holidays that know nothing about. Some are important and others are not. Halloween is there. I’m not a big fan of that day. Also on my calendar are the Day Of The Dead, Tax Day and April Fool’s Day. Hmmm. But All Hallows’ Eve and All Saints’ Day are not. Significantly, neither is Reformation Day.
Those last three are important for us to remember. The church should spend time remembering those saints who have gone on to glory and it should celebrate the church we are a part of. And, YES, we ought to remember what took place on October 31, 1517.
The world changed that day. The church shook and rattled and all of our lives were altered. Why? Because someone took a stand. Someone who was willing to stare death in the face, to hold his ground against church corruption and false teachers.
We’ll take a little break from the current series about the signs of the times in Matthew 24 and learn a little history about the church and why we believe what we believe.
You will find that it’s not unrelated to the signs that Jesus told us to watch for.