Celebrate Humanity – Carve a Pumpkin!

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I just had a discussion about traditional holidays with a bunch of my Reformed (Calvinist) friends. Should we celebrate or should we not celebrate?

Most of my friends were of a strict Regulative Principle mindset; they disagree with celebrating traditional holidays (Christmas, Easter, Halloween).  I admit, I love these traditional holidays, especially Halloween and Christmas.  Giving them up doesn’t sit well with me.

I’m starting to see, however, that celebration of these holidays is less about religious rites, and more about group identity and culture. Imagine telling a zealous Christian about the wonderful Dickens novel you’ve just read, only to have him reply that since Dickens isn’t part of the canon of Scripture, he must be rejected in favor of the Proverbs!

This stifling of the human spirit severely restricts the capacity for growth among Christian people, limiting their artistic and cultural expressions to a narrow set of predetermined customs, having no life, and amounting to little more than bland rehearsal and sermonizing.

It’s almost an attempt at being gnostic, isn’t it?

“Christianity” is abstracted from the flesh and blood ties of humanity and treated as a mere spiritual enterprise. But having little traditions is part of being human – it’s part of how we “make ourselves at home” on this Earth.  From marking the backs of closet doors with the height of our growing children, to surprising our wives at their work on certain days of the week, to rubbing our buddy’s head for luck during certain sport games.  Even more important is when these customs are practiced in the aggregate, by an entire community.  They’re all the more special; all the more sacred.

They’re celebrations of ourselves at our best; celebrations of ourselves in the midst of God’s creation.  And ultimately they’re a celebration of all His kindnesses, even the petty ones that help us pass these long days on Earth.

Giving up these holidays is like giving up being human, and there’s too much of that sort of thing going on as it is.

So, celebrate your people’s identity.  Celebrate their humanity.  Carve a pumpkin!

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17 Responses to Celebrate Humanity – Carve a Pumpkin!

  1. Alan J. Perrick says:

    Yep. Good one. Made me smile.

    Best regards,

    A.J.P.

  2. reformedtrad says:

    Those who would eliminate Christianity from our culture realize the importance of these celebrations. That’s why they are always protesting against nativity scenes, speaking of winter festivals and a generic “holiday” season rather than Christmas. They don’t want people thinking of Christ for any reason.

    • Because they want us to get all of our spirituality from the doctrines found in their religion of Political Correctness.

      It’s important not to make it only about “us”, and to take aim at their belief system.

      [audio src="http://whitakeronline.org/audio/bobw_townhall_050813.mp3" /]

      A.J.P.

  3. civil rights apostate says:

    I didn’t know there was still a significant population that still opposed celebrating Christmas. Well I have some misgivings about certain elements of halloween, I have no problems with carving pumpkins or even telling scary stories on that day.

    • shotgunwildatheart says:

      A small community of folk within Calvinist denominations…unfortunately.

      • Courtney from Alabama says:

        Yeah, I am noticing that my same Facebook friends who frown on Halloween are also banning Santa Claus. I thought that what separated whites from nonwhites is not just that we are smart, but we are also creative. What does it say about Christian whites (some of them) if they have to eliminate stuff from their lives that MIGHT tempt them in wrong ways and MIGHT cause them to think impure thoughts? I thought whites were above this.

  4. Grab some candy by all means. Just don’t worship Satan.

    • Courtney from Alabama says:

      It is absurd that you even have to mention Satan to get your point across there. Most of us who celebrate Halloween aren’t anywhere near “worshipping Satan”.

  5. Courtney from Alabama says:

    I wish I saw this article sooner, Shotgun. I commented on this topic on The Political Cesspool. This is something that has been getting to me for a while now.

    Modern day Christians, (at least my fellow Baptists), are starting to practice a bland form of Christianity where anything associated with European traditions is eliminated, and the only observances that are tolerated are those mentioned in scripture or anything associated with ancient Middle Eastern culture.

    I love Halloween, yet I get judged by other Christians for celebrating it. Think outside the box a little more, white people. What exactly is offensive about Halloween? Is it the cartoon like images of Frankenstein, Dracula, witches and ghosts? If you have to make the leap of logic in your head that when I celebrate those things in an innocent way, that I am perhaps Devil worshipping, then you are the one with issues my friend.

    • shotgunwildatheart says:

      I believe that what you’re seeing is part of the religious sea change.

      “Christians” are accepting a gnostic, egalitarian faith, where all that matters is ones acceptance of a handful of abstract ideals; but they reject any physical distinctions like people, place, and custom.

      Thus modern Christians search for vague theological notions to use as easy means for dismissing those old, evil, white people customs.

      Very sad. Every year I write posts in defense of Halloween. I think I’ll do another one tomorrow.

      • Courtney from Alabama says:

        Please do write another article. I might even send it to The Political Cesspool. James Edwards agrees with us on Halloween.

        As I kind of went into in another comment above, if some Christian whites are going to go this route (anti-Halloween stances), they might as well be Africans or Amazon Jungle natives. Third World people, like those I just mentioned, are unable to separate fantasy from reality, and the thought of ghosts and witches spooks them and terrifies them.

        To give an example, I had one “holier than thou” friend on Facebook go into how we should start doing like Africans and start taking witches seriously. She said that in Africa, “witches are real”, and that we in America should think more like Africans, and maybe then we would start avoiding Halloween.

        Typical anti-white, ignorant, modern day, Baptist logic. Let’s just say that I am surprised I didn’t lose some friends on Facebook after I read that.

      • Yes, but shouldn’t be too scary. Some of the bloody costumes are a bit much, certainly “sexy” one are. Remember that we are supposed to be mocking the devil. At the same time it is the catholic holiday of “All Saints” that is the root of the tradition, so we should see it as a way to remember those who have died and perhaps laughing at any consideration that they have been sent to Hell, which is the purview of the devils.

        A.J.P.

      • Also, Roman Catholics aren’t the best catholics these days as there are some which broke off in the mid-20th century as a response to Vatican II and some catholics who broke off hundreds of years before and are now calling themselves Protestants…

      • Courtney from Alabama says:

        Alan, to me, this whole modern day stereotype about Catholics in the United States being more conservative than Protestants is a complete joke. The stereotype needs to be done away with. Protestants are more post modern than Catholics overall, but it is pretty obvious that Catholics are far less traditional when it comes to many issues. If we wish to compare regions, the South is largely Protestant, as is Utah, while the Northeast is largely Catholic, but I digress. Shall we compare the “traditional Catholic girl” to the “Baptist Southern Belle”. Now I am getting myself in trouble……

  6. civil rights apostate says:

    so . . . many baptists don’t allow Christmas trees anymore? are you serious?!

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