Reformation Day or Halloween?

This time of year brings a strange situation that I have puzzled about for years – the non-starter of Reformation Day in almost all Protestant denominations and churches.

Fact -> If the pivotal event of Reformation Day had not occurred (by God’s grace, of course), then each and every single person in all Protestant denominational churches would today be a Roman Catholic or a non-believer, or both.

Fact -> Not only does Reformation Day and the events thereof go largely unnoticed and uncelebrated in most churches of 2009, but the church seems much more concerned with Halloween silliness than with any awareness of the events that shaped their church history (and still does).

What does this mean? What does it say about the church today?

I have, over the years, attended a number of churches – mostly Baptist and mostly Reformed to one degree or another. With one exception, they have proceeded to ignore the Reformation almost completely, as if the work of the Reformers of the 1500 and 1600s was largely unrelated to their freedom from Rome and their beliefs.

I have no explanation other than intellectual hubris and entitlement of the first order, and I just don’t understand it.

They look hither and yon for alternatives to Halloween, running about in many case with great anst over things are for the most part meaningless. At the same time, they ignore that which formed the foundation of their beliefs and which would provide something to celebrate in the Lord.

I can only attribute the phenomena to a subtle man centered philosophy that will concentrate on almost anything of flesh rather than celebrate the reality of spirit that has shaped the church.


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