Halloween–A Repost

Posted: October 27, 2010 in Uncategorized

“As Christians who live in a culture that does not place Jesus and the gospel in a place of primacy, we must make sure we always do.  That means we evaluate everything we say, think, or do.  This includes the holidays that we take part in and the way we take part in them.  Are we honoring King Jesus and advancing His mission in our community, nation, and world?”

So, should we participate in Halloween?  Should we not?  Are there any limits to the things we should be involved in?  Let me give you some guiding principles.  We respond:

1.       Without fear or superstition while remembering the demonic is real and active.

  • Satan is roaming around and he wants to devour us (1 Peter 5:8).
  • Satan and the demons are not “amped” up on Halloween in a way they are not on other days as far as we know.  They are always at work!
  • Satan and his demons have no power or authority over our lives.  They may crush our flesh but, “greater is He that is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4), and “He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him” (Colossians 2:15), and “nothing can separate us from the love of Christ” (Romans 8:38-39).

2.      With wisdom and caution.

  • Witchcraft and the like are rare.  The real dangers come from other areas like drinking and driving, pranks, drugged candies, etc.
  • When Halloween was first getting its start young persons would go around collecting food and drinks for their parties.  If farmers or residents refused to contribute they opened themselves and their lands up to vandalism.
  • We are wise in the types of Halloween parties we attend and the things we engage in, while being careful not to condemn others who do thinks our consciences may not allow us to do.
  • We seek to protect ourselves from falling into sin and from staining our witness for King Jesus.

3.      With a heart of gospel compassion.

Halloween was meant to be the prelude to a day when the church would remember those who have lost their lives for the sake of the gospel.  Let’s recover that (Philippians 4:17). As Halloween has come to be associated with death in many respects (skulls, ghosts, demons, etc.), let’s remember that death is not natural.  Sin enters the world and death comes with it.

  • Genesis 3:19—the curse…returning to dust.
  • Men and women begin to die.  The genealogies are reminders that, even though some may live long, death ultimately comes.
  • But the gospel…Jesus comes and defeats death.
  • Now, in Christ, death has lost its sting! (1 Corinthians 15)

So we go to parties, gatherings, bonfires, etc., with the freedom and hope we have in Christ.

  4.      Having Fun!

  • Enjoy the day!
  • Paint your face, dress up, and eat candy….just not too much.
  • Spend time with friends, family, and unbelievers!

Conclusion

We are created to put God on display.  We live and breathe to make Him famous.  It doesn’t matter the time of year or which holiday we are celebrating.  This purpose never changes and it never ceases.  As Halloween approaches, we seek to point people to Jesus.  He alone is their hope.  He alone is the way to the Father.  We have unique opportunities to advance His cause during this Halloween season.  Let’s participate in a way that says we are serious about this task.

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Comments
  1. Tim Woodcock says:

    Very good article Jonathon. Very well studied.

  2. Jonathon says:

    Reblogged this on Blogournal and commented:

    I wrote this a few years ago and still feel that it captures my thoughts about how we should approach Halloween as Christians.

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