Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Halloween and Africa’s mad rush to conform – Reno.

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Romans 12:2 says “do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed”. When, as a Christ follower, you celebrate Halloween, what do you think you are doing? You are conforming! 

Growing up as a child in Africa in the 80s we knew nothing about Halloween, but today Africans want to celebrate Halloween and wear our costumes in our mad rush to conform to anything from America and Europe without caring about its origins. Halloween is harmless you might say. Really? A day to wear scary costumes designed for the purpose of eliciting fear is harmless? 

Hebrews 11:6 says “without faith it is impossible to please God”. The opposite is true-without fear it is impossible to please satan! Why do you think the first thing angels tell humans when they manifest in their presence is ‘fear not’? You can read it all over Scripture in Luke 2:10, Isaiah 41:10 and Luke 1:30. Fear is a satanic tool and without fear satan is powerless to harm you. That is the reason why he has promoted this profane celebration called Halloween all over the world. 

1 John 4:18 says: “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” In fact, Halloween, just like Christmas, is a successful attempt to Christianize a previously pagan festival known as Samhain. The reasoning behind this passing off of Samhain as Halloween is that as Europe surrendered to Christendom (a completely different phenomenon not to be mistaken for Christianity or Christ follower-ship), it became necessary in the eyes of the various kingdoms of Europe that merged with the Holy Roman Catholic Church to Christianize their pagan holidays and bring about a Catholic (the word just means universal) or acceptable holiday. 

Thus Samhain became known as Halloween, the pagan celebration of the Winter Solstice known as Yule (hence the term Yuletide) became Christmas and the celebration of the goddess named Ēostre, became Easter. In truth, whether called by their original pagan names or their new Christendom names, none of these festivals appear in the Bible (the King James Version translates Passover as Easter in Acts 12:4, but all other translations reject that and left it how the original Greek Scriptures described it-Passover). 

Modern day Halloween originated from America and now every Tom, Dick and Harry is into it. Thanksgiving also originated from America. Why aren’t people all over the world participating in Thanksgiving? Sure, they can say ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ but unlike Halloween, do they go out of their way to perform the rituals of Thanksgiving that require preparing a solemn meal to eat with family as friends and list out all that you are thankful to God about? Of cause not! So why the disparity? 

The disparity lies in this verse from 1 John 5:19: “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.” And to those who would say Thanksgiving is not in the Bible, I would urge them to read and reread Ephesians 5:20 and 1 Thessalonians 5:18: “Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 

My message to Africans is that not everything the West does should be blindly copied hook, line and sinker. Never make the mistake of thinking that Christianity has more of a Western or European origin than it does an African one. Before there were Christians in Europe, there were Christians in Africa. The first non Israelite Christian was not Cornelius the centurion. The first non Israelite Christian was the Ethiopian Eunuch of Acts chapter 8. That man took Christianity back to Ethiopia and their kings and citizens became Christian such that by 613 AD when Muslims fled from the persecution of the ruling Quraysh tribe of Mecca, they went to Ethiopia in Africa and were giving asylum by the Christian King Negus of Ethiopia who cited their belief in Isa (Jesus) as the reason he gave them asylum (Though they believe that Nabi Isa is a Prophet of God not His Son). 

So know for certain that Christianity and even Judaism have strong African roots. Not only is Cush (old name for Black Africa) the First Nation mentioned in the Bible (Genesis 2:13) but Moses was married to a Black African woman (Numbers 12:1) whose Father taught Moses much of what he knew (Exodus 18:17-24). So as Africans, you have a strong and deep history and culture. You do not need Halloween. You have enough within your culture that you can celebrate without alienating yourself from God. 

There is nothing polished or classy about celebrating Halloween. If we as Africans like to celebrate then we have New Yam Festivals, Durbars, Harvests and coronations we can celebrate. I remember as a child, on moon light evenings I would sit with my siblings, cousins and neighbors and an adult would share stories about tortoise and other African tales with us. We no longer do this because we are now ‘polished.’ So, instead of teaching our kids such innocent fun, we teach them to serve satan in the name of Halloween because that is what they do in America! 

Omokri is the founder of the Mind of Christ Christian Center in California, author of Shunpiking: No Shortcuts to God and Why Jesus Wept and the host of Transformation with Reno Omokri 

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