The color run was founded five years ago, and has become a worldwide success. This big event is annually organised in big cities around the world. The purpose of the color run is to bring professional and amateur runners together, and to promote a healthy lifestyle, fun and happiness. Therefore time doesn’t play a role. A portion of the profit will be donated to charity organisations.
When we look at these aspects of the run, it all seems fine and looks harmless. But what isn’t harmless, is what happens during the race. During the race color powders will be thrown over the participants, who are clothed in white. Why is that? What is the purpose and meaning? What happens in the spiritual world, when the participants are ‘painted’ with color powders? Should a christian participate in the color run?
What has been the inspiration for the color run?
The founder of the color run was inspired among others by the Hindu religious Holi feast (also called Holi Pagwah, Ranwali Holi etc).
The Holi feast, was originally only celebrated in India and Nepal, but nowadays this feast (festival) is celebrated in many countries around the world. Holi is also called the feast of colors, or the feast of sharing love. The color run is not the only event, that is inspired by the Holi feast. There are many other events, which are inspired by it as well. Many events copied and applied the use of color powders to their own created events (even churches/congregations)
The Holi feast is a two-day festival and is a combination of a spring feast and a new years feast , where they celebrate the victory of good over evil.
The history of Holi
There are many versions of this feast, but I will only briefly summarize the main version. Therefore it could be, that some details may be lacking, but the main purpose of this blog is to look at the use and meaning of the color powders.
Holi derives from ‘Holika’, which was the name of the evil sister of the demonic king Hiranyakashipu. Hiranyakashipu honored the god Brahma. His son Prahlada didn’t agree with his father and stayed loyal to the god Vishnu, even when he was being punished and locked up by his father.
His aunt Holika, thought of a plan to get rid of her nephew. She suggested to make a sacrifice to the god Vishnu, by climbing together on a pyre. However she wore a cloak, that would prevent her for being burned. But when the fire flared up, the god Vishnu transferred the cloak to Prahlada, therefore Holika died, but Prahlada survived. His father became furious. The god Vishnu came in the appearance of god Narashimha and killed king Hiranyakashipu.
On the day of full moon, the feast Holika Dahan is celebrated. During Holika Dahan, they make a bonfire to destroy evil. But before they make the bonfire, religious rituals and prayers will take place, so that the intern evil will be destroyed. At the bonfire the people will sing and dance. The bonfire, on Holika Dahan, is a remembrance, and symbolises the victory of good over evil.
The day after full moon, Rangwali Holi (Holi Pagwah, Holifeast, Pagwah festival etc.) is celebrated. Holi starts after the ashes of the Holika is being cooled down, and the Pandit of the national community has performed a morning service at the Holika. During this service, after prayer, he will speak blessings for happiness and welfare of the community in the new year. The attendees are arrayed with a tile, a first stip on the forehead, with the ashes of the Holika. This ash is being considered as holy, and is a symbol of the god Shiva.
After this ceremony, the feast of the colors starts. During this feast the people chase each other and paint each other with color powders, and (fragrance) waters in spray guns. These will ward of evil demons.
Other versions of the concept of using color powders and spray guns would derive from the god Krishna. One version is that he celebrated Holi with his friends, by using color powders and spray guns. The water would ensure that the powders would adhere better. Another version is based upon the love story of god Krishna. Anyway, the colors should ward of evil demons and keep the gods happy.
During Holi, groups are playing on the drums and other musical instruments, while they go singing and dancing from one place to the other. Together with family, friends, and acquaintances, people are celebrating, dancing, singing, drinking (alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages) and eating, till late in the night.
Every color has a meaning
Colours are very important in the Hindu religion and each color has its own meaning. According to the Hindu religion, the colors associate with their gods. When you wear a certain color, or paint yourself with a certain color, you worship the gods and you engage (tie) yourself with these gods. Every color represents a certain energy (life power), therefore you can create your own atmosphere.
Why do participants of the color run have to wear white clothing?
I won’t go into details about the meaning of the colors, but I will look at the color white. According to the Hindu religion, the color white represents purity, peace, knowledge, self-denial. This color is also used during cremation, and mourning, and is used by priests as a symbol for spiritual rebirth, and that is exactly what happens during the run. Given these facts, it is therefore not surprising, why the participants have to wear white.
The participants are baptised in colors
The second requirement is that the participants have to be covered with colors at the end of the race. Therefore during the race, they will be, as it were, ‘baptised’ in colors. Let’s have look at the word ‘baptism’:
The english word ‘baptism’ is translated from the Greek word ‘baptisma’ and is consisting of the process of immersion, submersion and emergence, it derives from ‘baptõ‘, which means ‘to dip’.
When we look at the word “to baptise” it is primarily a frequentative form of ‘baptō’, “to dip” and was used among the Greeks to signify the dyeing of a garment, or the drawing of water by dipping a vessel into another etc.
Some of you might think: “that’s one crazy story! What a nonsense!” Maybe you have participated in the color run, or Holi feast, or another color (powder) event and you didn’t feel a thing. You only ran, danced, and enjoyed yourself
Well….Let’s have a look at the Christian baptism, or even better, let’s make it more personal and let’s have a look at your baptism (if you are baptised in water): You didn’t feel a thing, except the water. You went into the water (immersed), went under the water (submersed), and got out of the water (emergence).
In the natural world (the visible world), you saw and felt the water, with your senses, but in the spiritual world, you didn’t feel what actually took place at that moment. In the spiritual world you connected yourself with Christ and died to yourself; your flesh. You laid down and buried your flesh. That’s what happened in the spiritual world. Now in the natural world, you didn’t feel this, nor did you actually die at that moment, because you got up and walked out of the water.
It is the same with the color run. Instead of being baptised in water and being connected to Jesus Christ, you will be baptised in colors, and will be connected to evil powers. You don’t feel a thing in the flesh, but in the spiritual world you have bound yourself to these demonic powers (gods).
After each km, you will be baptised with a certain color and at the end, everyone will have all a certain color, and you will be baptised with all kinds of colors. After this baptism there will be a great ‘color feast’.
By the way, the color run will be slightly different this year, because of their 5th anniversary. It is called ‘Tropical world tour’ and not only will you run on tropical island music, while being baptised with colors, you will also be sprinkled with tropical fragrance waters, which are also used in pagan rituals to worship gods.
Should a Christian participate in the color run?
Everyone has been given a free will, therefore everyone may choose for themselves. But what has the light in common with the darkness (2 Co 6:14)?
Many believers are not born again, or are carnal and keep living after the flesh, instead of after the Spirit, therefore they don’t see any dangers. They don’t discern the spiritual world, and because of that, they go to the wall.
With reference to the color run, they don’t see the influences of the Hindu religion, and what actually happens in the spiritual world, when they are being dipped (baptised) in colors. They don’t see the truth, that they are being connected to demonic powers.
They don’t see any dangers at all, but they consider the color run as an innocent running event, with lots of fun, happiness, unity etc.
But let me tell you, that when they participate, they will never be the same. They showed up in white clothes, and go home dyed in all kinds of colors. Their white clothes resembles in the natural visible world, what has been taken place in the spiritual unseen world.
The colors represent the gods, the energies (life powers), where they have attached themselves with. These demonic powers, which are behind these gods, will manifest themselves in the life of the person. Maybe not immediately, but eventually they will. The manifestations will always be the same, and will start with depressions, angriness, impatience, anxieties, fears, nightmares etc.
We, as born again Christians, should not become partakers of pagan rituals, nor copy them. That the world copies these rituals, or be inspired by them is up to them, but we, as the church, should not follow the world and walk like them. We should abstain ourselves from these matters, instead of becoming partakers.
But the main problem is that the church doesn’t want to say goodbye to the flesh. They want to keep living like the world. They copy the world, and apply the word ‘Christian’ to make it ok. But as I said in previous posts, by putting the word ‘Christian’ in front of something, doesn’t make it ok, and acceptable to God.
Being baptised (dipped) in colors, has nothing to do with the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God. The only color that a Christian is connected with, is the blood of Jesus Christ, which cleanses from all sins and iniquities.
The walk of the carnal man
When we go back to the old testament, and look at the people of God (who were canal people and walked after the flesh), we read the same thing over and over again: They made concessions with foreign people, and adopted their pagan religions, and rituals. By their acts, they became unfaithful to the Almighty God. Despite the fact that God warned them many times, they went their own way and made their own rules. They didn’t keep His commandment, to have no other gods before Him:
Thou shalt have no other gods before me (Ex 20:3).
And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect:and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth (Ex 23:13)
Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images (Ex 23:24)
Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods (Ex 23:32-33)
Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and you turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them (Deu 11:16)
The majority of the people of God were stubborn and went their own way, until they got themselves into deep trouble, where they saw no way out. In those times of trouble, they called upon the Lord God. And God, in His great love and mercy, redeemed them time and time again.
The discernment of spirits
As long as the body of Christ, remain carnal, and keep walking after the flesh; being led by their senses, thinking, emotions etc., they shall not discern what is good and what is evil. I am not talking about the natural things; i.e. if you may steal or not steal, because that is clear. Even an unbeliever knows that stealing is not good and punishable. You don’t need the Holy Spirit for that. But when you walk after the Spirit, you will discern the spiritual world, and see what actually takes place behind the natural world (visible world).
As I said before, to the unbelievers, and the carnal believers, will find the things, which are written above, over exaggerated, and one big nonsense. They don’t see any harm to participate in the color run.
But to the believers, who walk after the Spirit, it is no-nonsense, but reality. They will discern the works of the devil; the works of the darkness. They know what takes place in the spiritual world, and therefore they will not participate, but abstain.
They will not sacrifice their lives to pagan gods (demons) and take part in pagan rituals, but they will reprove them, just like Jesus.
Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them (Eph 5:10)
If you really know Jesus, why would you depart from Him, and His Word, and be involved with the things of the world, which will lead you to bondage? The Bible is very clear and warns us, to not go back to the way we walked, before we got born again, when we walked after the flesh in darkness. But we should walk after the Spirit, in the light.
And because you are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage (Gal 4:6-9)
You have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ. His blood made you holy and righteous. From the moment that you became a new creation, He has clothed you with a white linen garment, which represents righteousness. But the devil shall try anything to defile your white garment. He shall try to tempt and seduce you in the flesh, and shall ensure that you will remain carnal and keep walking after the flesh, so that your cloth will become defiled by the flesh.
Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment (Pred 9:8)
Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand (Dan 12:10)
Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels (Rev 3:4-5)
And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb (Op 7:13-14)
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him:for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white:for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints (Op 19:7-8)
Take heed that your white garments stay white and not be defiled by all kinds of colors.
“Be the salt of the earth”
Source: Wikipedia, Vines dictionary, color run.com