Alrighty, instead of ignoring the pink elephant dressed as a panda bear, I’m just going to come on out and talk about it. (I’m good at stirring the pot.) With Halloween coming up tomorrow night and having heard the usual stances against it this past week, I got to thinking “Why are some Christians so against it?”
Halloween, as I understand it, derived off of a Celtic practice to help ward off evil spirits. There are many traditions just like this all over the world. Fasching, for instance was one of our favorite events to watch during our time in Germany. It was a time to ward off evil and prepare for a good new year/new harvest season. Now, yes, the simple fact that the Celts do not believe in God nor are practicing things that God approves of, is the biggest and probably most single reason that Halloween would not be seen as a good holiday. Pope Gregory III decided to turn it into a day to remember the saints, which eventually evolved into what we in the states (because not all countries celebrate it) know it as. CANDY FEST!!! At least that’s what I see it as.
I personally like Halloween. I love playing dress up and having the perfect excuse to still do it as an adult, and I love raiding the kids’ candy when they’re in bed! (Their skittles and snickers disappear over night. It’s crazy!) I never did the whole egging someone’s car or toilet papering their house or silly string in the grass. I think the worst I did was ring someone’s door bell and run away.
Now, if you want to talk about the people who hand out drugs to kids in disguise of perfectly safe treats. Yes, that is absolutely the devil! People who use the night as a gateway to luring kids into their homes. Yes, again that’s satan! There are many many things that do occur simply because it is Halloween. So much is put behind a mask (so to speak) and it’s done in darkness. The darkness is where Satan lies and where he likes to play. We see this in our every day lives, not just on Halloween. Most arguments and drunken rages, homicides and assaults occur after the sun has set. In the light of day we aren’t “protected” by the darkness.
Let me put this to you, though. Do you boo at Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny during a parade? Do you exchange gifts at Christmas or let your kids take a picture with Santa? Do you hold Easter egg hunts and have an easter basket full of goodies? Yes, both of those holidays were originally started as a Christian celebration. However, we have bought into Satan’s plan to commercialize it in some respect. We may still go to church and we may put the majority of the focus on Jesus and God during these seasons, however….what does a Christmas tree have to do with the birth of our Savior? Where does it say we need to overwork the poor chickens each spring so we can have egg salad or hold an egg rolling race?
I believe that a holiday is what you make of it and what lies in your heart. Tomorrow the kids and I will be skipping our usual Wednesday night church classes (just a heads up if you’re reading this Pastor). We’re going to fellowship with friends over a lovely meal of frog legs (actually fresh green beans) and lots of other yummies, dress up (I can’t wait to see our 1 year old in her Strawberry costume) and then hit up only the houses with Skittles! No where in our hearts or in our minds will be the thought of Satan or how he has so much more to offer us. If anything we will be closer to God as we pray that the “crazies” decide to stay indoors and well away from those just wanting to play dress up and have an excuse to stay up a little later as the sugar rush wears off.
Satan’s temptations are everywhere, every day. Halloween is no exception. We don’t take a family photo with Santa every year because we believe that the holiday is all about him, we do it because it’s a fun memory to have with the kids while they are still lost in the magic. We don’t hide Easter eggs because the Easter bunny came by and, for some reason, steals eggs from some unsuspecting hen and drops them all over the place. I’m pretty sure our kids never believed in the silly bunny to begin with. We do it because it’s fun. What kid doesn’t like to find hidden things?
Jesus lives in our hearts and in our home and God will always come first. Our children know more about the bible than they do about the North Pole and elves or how Santa gets around the world in a few hours. Just as our kids know that Satan is evil and that he’s behind all of the things God doesn’t want us to do.
Instead of thinking of the evil “what ifs,” how about you think about the good “what cans.” What can you do, while out trick or treating, to show the love of Christ to others? What can you say to the stranger to prove that the fruit of the Spirit is at work in you? What can Christ move you to do while you’re watching others go about their walks at night? What can the opportunity to spend time among SO many people allow God’s goodness to shine through you? The possibilities are endless and it doesn’t matter if you’re a little girl wearing a unicorn costume or if you’re a reformed and saved alcoholic or if you’re Mordecai dressed as a king…you have the opportunity to spread the goodness of God every day, every night, every chance. Whether among believers or among the lost, we are called to be and act as Christ, no matter what our apparel.
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