[The following essay is on page 36 from “A Pastor’s Poetry” by President-Dean Walden)
The Holy Ghost is Haunting Me and Will Not Leave Me Alone
(I wrote this article for the Orange Pages, the church’s newsletter, while I served as full-time Associate Pastor at Orange United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill, NC in November 2002.)
October 31 has been a season when ghosts are celebrated in various ways. One year I was on a panel of speakers about the topic of Halloween, which later gave me fuel for a sermon that I preached a year or two later. Every October, I think of the question that was addressed to me almost five years ago pertaining to Christians and Halloween. A person asked me the following question: “Should a Christian believe or celebrate in supernatural activities such as ghosts?” I thought for a few seconds. Then I responded as follows:
“Ghosts and supernatural activities are not anything new to Christians. In fact, Christians believe in God’s Holy Spirit, which is also referred to as the Holy Ghost, especially for some of our Pentecostal brothers and sisters and a few other Christian circles. Furthermore, Christianity is based upon several supernatural activities and events such as: 1.) God dividing the Red Sea for Moses, 2.) Jesus’ birth to Mary, and 3.) Jesus’ resurrection from the grave- only to name a few.”
Christians have always and still believe in God’s miraculous power against reality or what human eyes can see. Christians do not worship or praise demonic existence yet we do acknowledge their presence in the world in which we live. Nevertheless, other Christians and I depend on the Holy Ghost or God’s Holy Spirit to guide, protect, and keep us from hurt, harm, or danger.
In John 14:15-21, Jesus tells of the Holy Spirit not leaving his followers. I thank God for not being left alone in this world or to my own vices, the few I have. Therefore, it is a blessing that Christians are haunted on a daily basis. We see, celebrate, and praise God’s activity and presence in the world at times when we are the only ones who are able to realize what’s really going on.
Rev. Ken Walden President-Dean, Gammon Theological Seminary