There is much debate within the Christian community about “Halloween”. Entire sermons dedicated to how it can negatively influence you and your family.
How it’s a pagan holiday in which spirits and demons are prevalent and waiting in dark bushes to possess the little boy dressed up as a ‘Star Wars’ figure as that boy innocently walks down the sidewalk hoping to get chocolate at the next house and not more dum-dum suckers.
How it is, apparently from some corners of Christianity, THE day evil is out and about and looking for victims.
And, since this is my blog and no one is holding a gun to your head to read it, I get to say what I think about Halloween and how the institution of ‘Church” has, yet again, circled their perverbial wagons to keep the grit of real life off their hands and out of their minds.
A concise reason we “do” Halloween and do not shy away from it is that …. it is SUCH an opportunity!
What Andrea? An opportunity you say? I heard it was a night where witches dance in forests and sacrifice babies while chanting anti-christian slogans.
To that end, I cannot deny that there is an eliminate of “dark” that can dominate Halloween….if one lets it.
But, excuse me Christian, are you going to ‘let it’? It is not as if God turns off the “Prayer Hotline” every October 31st.
I do not hear Christians yelling and clammering about the evils of Valentine’s Day when there is definitely an eliminate of subtle sexuality and promiscuity associated with that day.
I do not hear Christians dedicating a series of studies on the pagan rituals that have been incorporated into even the most traditional of Christmas practices. (IE : The Christmas tree originated from a pagan holiday and Christians took it as one of their symbols and traditions for ‘Christmas’.)
I do not hear the institution of church hollering against ‘Thanksgiving’…where, according to actual history, Europeans came into North America, though with good intentions, but accosted the natives of the (now known as) North American, Central American, and South American areas with new diseases, and a judgmental attitude towards the natives’ long held beliefs (be those beliefs right or wrong…that is not the point….the point is this part of Thanksgiving is overlooked.)
‘Thanksgiving’ is, apparently, per Christian-ese a ‘safe’ holiday because Satan isn’t working so hard that day, it involves family gatherings, good food, and time off of work.
Apparently, ‘good’ Christians are allowed to celebrate most any holiday as long as it is not “Hallow’s Eve” (Halloween) because (who knew…but…) people in funny costumes, knocking on doors, getting to know their neighbors, etc is wrong and scary and puts Christians in some sort of mortal danger.
Talk about picking on the lowest hanging fruit!
Sure.. “church” …. hoop and holler about Halloween. It’s an easy target. There are witches costumes, vampire costumes, haunted houses, and [gasp] others who do use this holiday to celebrate their non-biblical beliefs.
Silly me…I thought evil was at work all year long. I thought bad things happened everyday around the world. I guess terrorism is secondary to Halloween.
Now, I’ve never claimed to be a genius but…..isn’t there a GLARING opportunity on October 31st fellow-Christ-Followers?
Tell me when there is another time of the year when your neighbors come to your door, VOLUNTARILY, knock on it, and initiate conversations!
I really can’t think of another opportunity like Halloween to get to know my surrounding community better. The one I am supposed to be impacting, loving, not judging…but loving.
And, knowing that there are individuals who use this day as an excuse to follow their rather ‘dark’ belief system….doesn’t this seem like a GOLDEN opportunity to ask them about it? Get to know about the belief system, ingratiate yourself into their lives so as to be a positive influence?
Oh. but. ick. that’s gritty, and dirty, and..well…I like my cushioned pew at church just fine and I am relieved when my Pastor says I don’t have to interact with people that are not like me or with people I do not already know.
Christians run, tails between their legs, having hemmed, hawwed, and ranted against the evils of Halloween yet run, with arms wide open, into ‘Christian’ celebrations that have strong pagan influences, or tout ‘Hallmark” holidays as sweet, tender, and fun.
Give me a break.
That baby the ‘church’ threw out with bathwater is going to get really cold really quick…and the entire community is watching it ‘happen’.
My family will have loads of candy ready to hand out to neighbors (hoping they become new friends), we will dress up for the simple reason that it is fun (we don’t do ‘scary’ costumes because we have taught our children to protect the young and a scary costume could frighten a little trick-or-treater and that’s not what we are about on Halloween).
We will have fun music blasting from the porch. We will make it a night of FELLOWSHIP with those that live in our community.
Come on “church”….if you are going to wail against Halloween…then you also need to pull your breeches up by your belt loops and take on ALL the pagan influences that have crept into our culture or the subtle ways the silly “Hallmark Holidays” have been turned into events just as non-biblically-influenced as Halloween.
And, if you, as a family, chose not to participate in Halloween…please do not assume that is the correct course of action for all the other Christians you know.
You have every right to chose not to participate. The damage comes when that is presented as the only CORRECT choice…either from one mom talking to another or one preacher preaching to hundreds.
There will be no baby shivering in it’s bathwater at the end of our driveway…nope…but there will be hoardes of people I’ve never met which gives me an amazing chance to interact with them and try to become part of their lives.
So, what are you and yours dressing up as on Halloween?
Happy Trick or Treating,
PS Those of you who read this and are staunch anti-Halloweeners and who are getting ready to fill my comment section with documentation of the ‘horrors’ that occur on the day/night of Halloween.
Fine … do it… but then you must also tell me about the horrors that evil achieves every single other day of the year.
You can’t just “pick” on Halloween cuz it’s an easy target.That is not reasonable, logical, or helpful to those seeking to know more about Christ and how He can bring good out of any and every thing.