The color run is a paint race and was founded five years ago, and has become a worldwide success. Every year, the color run is organised in all the 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 during this run, time doesn’t matter. When you want to participate the color run, you have to buy a ticket. A part of the profit will be donated to charity organisations.
When you look at these aspects of the run, it all seems fine and harmless. But what isn’t harmless, is what actually 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? And what about Christians? 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 events. Even churches and congregations have applied the use of color powders to their events to attract young people.
The Holi feast is a two-day festival and is a combination of a spring feast and a new years feast. The Holi feast celebrates the victory of good over evil.
The history of Holi
There are many versions of this feast, but I will only briefly summarise the main version. Therefore it could be, that some details may be lacking, but the main purpose of this blogpost 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. Prahlada’s aunt Holika, thought of a plan to get rid of her nephew. She suggested to make a sacrifice to his 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 and Prahlada survived. Prahlada’s father became furious. The god Vishnu came in the appearance of god Narashimha and killed king Hiranyakashipu.
The day of full moon
On the day of full moon, the feast Holika Dahan is celebrated. During Holika Dahan, people 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
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 after the Pandit of the national community has performed a morning service at the Holika. During this service, after prayer, the Pandit 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, of the ashes of the Holika. This ash is considered holy and is a symbol of the god Shiva.
After this ceremony, the feast of the colors starts. During this feast of colors, the people chase each other and paint each other with color powders and (fragrance) waters in spray guns, which will ward of evil demons.
Other versions of the concept of using color powders and spray guns derives from the god Krishna. One version is that Krisha 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 would ward of evil demons and keep the gods happy.
During Holi, there are groups, who are playing on the drums and other musical instruments. They are singing and dancing from one place to the other. The people are celebrating, dancing, singing, drinking (alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages) and eating, together with family, friends and acquaintances, 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 by using colors, 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 white color. According to the Hindu religion, the color white represents purity, peace, knowledge and self-denial. This color is also used during cremation and mourning. It is used by priests as a symbol for spiritual rebirth, and that is exactly what happens during the color run. Given these facts, it is no surprise, why the participants of the color run have to wear white.
The participants are baptised in colors
The second requirement of the color run is that the participants have to be covered with colors at the end of the race. Therefore during the race, they will be ‘baptised’ in colors. Now 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, enjoyed yourself and had a good time.
What happens during baptism in the spiritual realm
Well….Let’s have a look at the Christian baptism, or let’s make it more personal and have a look at your baptism in water. When you were baptised, you didn’t feel a thing, except the water. You went into the water (immersed), under the water (submersed), and got out of the water (emergence).
In the natural realm (visible world), you only saw and felt the water, with your senses. But in the spiritual realm, you didn’t feel what happened. Because when you were baptized, in the spiritual realm you connected with Jesus Christ and died to yourself; your flesh. You laid down and buried your flesh. That’s what happened in the spiritual realm. Now in the natural world, you didn’t feel this. Nor did you actually die, 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 realm you have bound yourself to these demonic powers (gods).
After each km, you will be baptised with a certain color. At the finish of the color run, everyone 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 the color run celebrates its 5th anniversary. It is called ‘Tropical world tour’, which means that during the color run there will be tropical island music. But that’s not all! While you are being baptised with color powders, 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)?
Unfortunately many believers are carnal and not born again, therefore they keep living after the flesh, instead of living after the Spirit. They don’t discern the spiritual world, and don’t see any spiritual dangers.
With reference to the color run, they don’t see the danger of 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 spiritual truth, that they are being connected to demonic powers. They don’t see any danger of the color run at all, but they consider the color run as an innocent charity 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 show up in white clothes, and go home dyed in all kinds of colors. Their white clothes coated with color powders symbolises in the natural (visible) realm, what has been taken place in the spiritual (unseen) realm.
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.
As a born again Christian, you should not be partaker of pagan rituals nor copy them. That the world copies these rituals, or is inspired by them is up to the world. But the church, should not follow the world, copy the world and walk like the world. The church should abstain herself from these matters, instead of becoming a partaker.
Through Jesus Christ, you have been separated from the world, and not joined to world. You don’t belong to the world anymore, because you have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness (the world) into the Kingdom of God. Your actions should follow-up your spiritual transfer and position.
But the main problem is, that the church wants to stay carnal and is not willing to say goodbye to the flesh. The church wants to live like the world. Therefore, they copy the world, and christianise the things of this world to make it ok and approved.
But as I said in previous posts, by christianising the things of this world and 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 carnal 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:
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 remains carnal and keeps walking after the flesh; being led by their senses, thoughts, feelings, emotions, opinions 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 should be clear. Even an unbeliever knows that stealing is not good and that you will be punished if you steal. 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 realm (visible world).
As I said before, if you are an unbeliever, or a carnal unregenerate believer, you will find the things, which are written above, over exaggerated and one big nonsense. They don’t see the danger of participating 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 darkness.
They know what takes place in the spiritual world, and therefore they will not participate, but abstain from it. They will not sacrifice their lives to pagan gods (demons) and take part in pagan rituals, but they will expose and reprove them, just like Jesus did.
Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them (Eph 5:10)
The things of this world will lead you into bondage
If you really know Jesus, then why would you depart from Him; the Word, and be involved with the things of the world, which will lead you into bondage? The Bible is very clear and warns you, to not go back to the way you walked, before you became born again, when you were carnal and walked after the flesh in darkness. But the Bible instructs you to 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 (Lam 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)
“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment”
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 (Rev 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 (Rev 19:7-8)
Therefore, 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