That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life...
Philippians 2:15-16a

Monday, October 31, 2011

What Should a Christian Do About Halloween?

Ignore it?  Make up a different reason to celebrate it?  Embrace it?  After all, what's so terrible about children dressing up and getting candy?  I know... let's make it a church event.  We'll make a Christian version of worldly evil.  That's always a good idea right?  ...Whatever!

I am flat out against having anything to do with Halloween.  There, I said it.  You can judge me if you like.  Call me a legalist too if it makes you feel better.  Better yet, accuse me of being judgemental of Christians who do participate in Halloween.  Personally, I think no Christian has any business being involved in any Halloween related celebrations, regardless of whether or not they take place at church.  By the way, having an opinion about Halloween doesn't make me judgemental.  Just saying...

I think many Christians would like to ignore the evil associated with Halloween.  Let's just pretend that witches, devils, and ghosts aren't that bad, and that it really is all about candy.  Our culture will not allow us to turn a blind eye to Halloween. We can't pretend it doesn't exist, and we can't pretend that it isn't associated with evil.  Ignoring the evil won't make it go away.  The Bible has the answer for Halloween, just like it has answers for everything else in life.  I read on a well-know Christian blog where the author stated that the Bible doesn't specifically address Halloween.  Ummm... ok??  The Bible doesn't have the word "halloween" in it, but it doesn't have the word "Trinity" in it either!  Just because a word isn't in the Bible, doesn't mean the Bible doesn't address that particular issue.  Sadly, the conclusions about Halloween on this Christian blog are typical of most Christians today.  They don't want to take a hard stand against the evil.  They want to be part of the world's celebration while trying to somehow maintain that they are pleasing God.  Yet the Bible tells us to cast off the works of darkness (Rom 13:12), and to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness (Eph. 5:11).   In case you missed it, cast off, and have no fellowship with are pretty straight forward, absolute, no exceptions allowed commands.  God doesn't want His children to have anything to do with evil.  And, anyone who thinks halloween isn't "darkness" has been blinded to what God sees as dark.

The following are some articles that discuss some of the origins and practices associated with Halloween.

But, don't take my word for it.  Don't take your church's word for it, or your pastor's word for it.  Don't even take the articles I linked to word for it.  Do your own research on Halloween. Read, pray, and most of all search what God says in the Bible!  Don't base your conclusions about halloween on what you feel, what someone else says, or how much you like candy.  It's the Bible that has the answers.  The Bible is the holy standard by which we must come to our conclusions and beliefs about halloween.  If you can convince yourself from the pages of Scripture that God is OK with halloween, then fine.

And this last article is interesting *click here*. I'm curious to what others think about this approach to Halloween?

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