Let me begin by saying I intend to be offensive in this post. I intend to offend and unmask a lie. A lie that leads to compromise. I know this is unpopular in culture and in some Christian circles. In fact the majority of people who will struggle with this concept are going to be my peers. But there are times where the Lord quickens an individual to do something counter cultural, unpopular and to raise a new standard.
I understand that some Christians participate in Halloween because either they do not know or the do not believe it to be harmful. But Halloween is the celebration of darkness- and 1 John tells me that in light there can be no darkness. It is impossible. Even if it is harmless fun…if it is darkness it cannot exist in light.
But here are some practical reasons I DON’T celebrate Halloween.
It goes contrary to my testimony- The testimony I walk in is that death has no power- it has lost its ability to harm because of the work of Jesus on the cross. Why would I subject myself to celebrating a holiday that gives death its power back- that’s backwards thinking! My testimony is life giving. It is one of redemption…of reconciliation. Jesus is better than darkness!
It doesn’t line up with my family mission statement- Our family mission statement is We want to be a family that brings hope and healing to a hurting world. Nothing about Halloween produces hope- in fact it commemorates despair. This is unacceptable for me to let into my family. So as the husband and the father- I chose to be a vessel of hope and healing not of despair and pain.
I don’t want to open the door to fear– Halloween prides itself on invoking fear into the lives of it’s celebrants. I am working as a husband, father and Pastor to show people that perfect Love cast out all fear. Fear is a dangerous beast that cripples individuals from achieving everything God has for them. I allow no door to this beast to be open in my family- no compromise.
It confuses my teaching– Why would I teach my kids and others that Ghost and Spirits are scary and that we should run from them. Then turn around and with the same mouth try to teach them about the power, person and work of the Holy Spirit. It makes no sense.
It is demonic– Halloween as a holiday is the celebration of darkness. I believe without doubt, with all boldness and unashamedly that Halloween is demonic. The day October 31 is not demonic and can in fact be redeemed- but Halloween in its history and practice are demonic.
I want to set a new standard– I don’t celebrate Halloween. I don’t event sit at home and use it as an evangelism moment. Here is why- I should be inviting my neighbors and community into my life outside of Halloween. If I have candy and open the door- it might give the idea that I approve of the practice and celebration of Halloween- I do not. Therefore I plan Halloween alternative events for parents to take part in. We have a family environment where families can come together and celebrate life and light and everything God is doing in their life. Plus my kids get 5 hours of laser tag and unlimited candy (yes I love candy…I just don’t like Halloween).
I am not opposed to getting together and celebrating life on October 31. I am simply against Halloween- its celebration of darkness and the work of the enemy. Why would you want to give a foothold to the enemy?
Here are some simple solutions:
- Go to Trinity Family Night- or if you don’t live in Lubbock go to a church Fall Festival- a family event.
- Begin a new family tradition
- Read a good book
Many will wonder why I wrote this. I read Ephesians 5:11- Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
If you chose to engage in a dialogue or comment on this blog- remember I reserve the right to respond or delete…be respectful.
Before I post a blog on why I DON’T celebrate Halloween it is important to set the table. This is to ensure you the reader of a couple of items that I know you will want to bring to my attention. You should know there is nothing new you are going to bring to the conversation with me. Here are some disclaimers I must make you aware of before posting.
I do not hate candy- this is not an attack on candy. In fact I love candy. I don’t need one day a year to celebrate the joys of candy- I eat it regularly and come to my house any other day of the year- I’ll give you candy.
I am not against dressing up- I have three kids. Every other day is dress up day at my house. We love using our imagination and pretending- but as I see it there is nothing neither imaginative nor pretend about Halloween.
I pass no judgment- I am going to be using some absolutes and direct language in my upcoming blog post about Halloween. Before I get criticized for being judgmental or pompous understand that I would love to have coffee with you and talk through my convictions… in fact I will even buy the coffee.
I know the history- I already know the history of Oct 31 as Reformation and All Saints Eve. Frankly I don’t care. I am talking from the contextualized day Halloween is today. If we can’t look at it in line with the culture it sits in why look at it. Also, I am not going to use reformation day or All Saints Eve be an excuse to celebrate Halloween.
There are probably more disclaimers but this should at least be a good starting point. If you chose to engage in a dialogue or comment on this blog- remember I reserve the right to respond or delete…be respectful.
Often times in life I feel as if I am in a stand off. It’s a “US v.s. the world” standoff. Where Christians violently voice everything we are against. Shouting on our soapbox and beating our chest, claiming WE are against this, We are against that…
A thought hit me recently and a challenge arose from the thought. I am not against the soapbox. I love a good soapbox. But with if our message is saying something to the world, we really don’t mean to say- “We are against YOU!”
What if our soapbox was more about what we stand for rather than what we stand against? This thought began to spring a million thoughts in my head. I would much rather the world to know that:
I am about grace, more than that I am against ______________ (insert hot social topic here).
I am about the Love of God more than I am against ______________ (insert hot social topic here).
I am about Jesus– death, burial and resurrection more than I am against ______________ (insert hot social topic here)
It seems like people would be more inclined to listen to me if they knew what I stood for than what I stood against. Who knows…maybe in their listening a heart might be changed- then we would be “for” the same things.
Keep the soapbox…change the message.
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