Harmless Halloween

Harmless Halloween

Harmless Halloween

 

“What’s the harm in letting kids have some fun on Halloween?” The person asking the seemingly innocent question did not realize the not-so-innocent message lurking beneath the surface.

The question came from a fellow Christian. First, let me say they weren’t defending celebrating Halloween. They were asking, What so wrong with it?

What follows is my opinion. I’m not saying this is the definitive word from God on the subject, or that your kids are serving the devil if they bring home a pillowcase stuffed with Snickers bars. I’m saying, please consider the questions and follow God’s leading.

“Let them wear Bible character costumes. No gory stuff, devils, or zombies. The worst that can happen is tooth decay.”

We laughed, but the more I thought about it, the more uneasy I became.

After more reflection, I finally answered. “No thank you. And for the record, the reason Satan is so scary is that he IS a Bible character, a real one.”

The inevitable discussion ensued. That’s Christian-ese for ‘argument.’ It came down to one point, the person didn’t want their kids to feel “left out” of all the fun.

We could go into a lengthy examination of Halloween or trace the history to all kinds of evil. You can research that yourself. This article is not about the day itself, it’s about the questions we should be asking.

I’ve learned this one simple truth – there is often great significance in what’s unseen, not because it’s difficult to see, but because we don’t want to admit we see it. Hidden truth is still true.

For me, Halloween falls into that category. Just because Christians don’t see the evil behind it, does not invalidate the evil, it merely veils or covers it.

Which is more dangerous – a visible deep hole, or a deep hole with a few tree branches covering it? Are we, in fact, celebrating the devil’s day by ‘celebrating’ Halloween? I hope not, however, if we lend casual support to an ungodly occasion, which is worse?

I asked the question to the parent this way: “Would you agree Christmas is a sacred and holy day to Christians?” They agreed it is. “Could an unbeliever celebrate that day with gifts and ‘holiday spirit’ and time with family and yet completely miss the Christian meaning of the day? They agreed it is possible.

The obvious question follows: Is it possible Halloween has great spiritual significance to Satan, and we Christians are blind to just how evil it is?

Consider this, if Satan had his own holiday what would it include? What would people honor or celebrate? It would reflect his nature and extol his traits. Scripture is clear what those are: Sickness and Disease (Job 2:4-7; Matt. 10:1, 12:22-28; Lk. 13:11, 16; Acts 10:37,38; 2 Cor. 12:7), Death, Damage, and Destruction (John 10:10), Blasphemy and Demeaning God’s Creation (Rev. 13:6, 17:3; 2 Peter 2:10). He would celebrate Violence and Gore (Mark 13:12; Matt. 10:21; Rev. 9:6; 1 John 3:14; Acts 2:24).

Wow. That pretty much sums up Halloween doesn’t it?

Many who ‘celebrate’ the day of Christmas, do so without believing in the Christ of Christmas, but that does not diminish the true meaning and spiritual significance behind the day.

Let’s not make a huge mistake and celebrate Satan or what he stands for. To many, it is just a little candy, and the cute little costume of a dog wearing buns. Yes, the kids eat too much sugar, but they probably got more sugar in the Denny’s pancake syrup. That’s not the question. What is?

What if it’s much more important than that to the devil? The potential danger is much greater than a little tooth decay. Let’s be on the cautious side of this one brothers and sisters. The Apostle Paul wrote,

“Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible, but not everything is edifying … So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.” (1 Cor. 10:23, 31)

You don’t need to preach it into your kids. This is an opportunity to explain that we simply don’t want to celebrate evil. The devil is not funny, or cute, or fake like the painted blood on the neighbor’s fake knife in his fake stab-wound. Satan is real. He is strong. He has a plan for humanity, and it is NOT a good one! It is not funny, or cute, or harmless.

In 2 Corinthians 6:14,15 Paul wrote, “What partnership can righteousness have with wickedness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and the Belial (the devil)? Or what does the believer have in common with an unbeliever?”

So, we’re back to the original question: Is it possible Christians don’t want to see what is so evident to Satan and his followers?

 

 

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