The Loudmouth Protestant

October 26, 2007

Don’t Be Scared…

This afternoon I had the wonderful opportunity of sharing my knowledge with someone in need. It was a young lady from a Woman’s Fellowship Group that I subscribe to. I am usually not compelled to respond to any of the e-mails because they are usually based on conversations the women have had amongst themselves, but today wasn’t that day. The woman asked “Why don’t Christians celebrate Halloween?” She got one response back from another member that simply stated “Some Christians do celebrate Halloween.” I knew this wasn’t the answer that she was looking for so I decided to share what I learned about the day over the years and my own experience with it.

I shared some information that I’d been gathering on the day concerning its origin and why some Christians celebrate it from why they don’t. And all of that information was great, but I realized the most important thing that came out of my response was nothing I could open a book or do research on, but it came from the heart. I shared with her–what I am about to share with you–what I believe Christians are called to do on Halloween.

Every year since I have been working in this city, I have made it my business to take the day off so that I could seek refuge in my home while the rest of the world revels in its scary costumes and parties. I hate the thought of people running around with masked and made-up faces in an attempt to scare folks and in the name of so-called innocent fun. In considering all of this I made a decision that this year would be different. I told myself that I would not take the day off from work, instead I would face Halloween like a brave soldier in Christ. Christians are called to be a light in the darkness and what better day could there be to show that light. It’s not for us to cower and quiver in our homes and hide or even for us to condemn those that do celebrate the day. But it is for us to stand up and be victorious in the midst of such darkness.

Romans 8:38 says that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow–not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky about or in the earth below–indeed nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Halloween cannot separate us from the love of God. It can add nothing and take nothing away from us. So we need not spend our time being afraid of the day. We would better spend our time doing what we are called to do daily, be the salt and light of the earth.

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3 Comments »

  1. Amen.

    As a kid, we “celebrated” halloween. but you know how many people celebrate Christmas as a holiday with no meaning other than the time they get gifts? thats what halloween was to us. it didnt have any meaning other than a time to wear a costume and get candy. but when i better understood my faith and the meaning of halloween, i stopped “celebrating” it. i did not think it was Christ-like to observe an evening that celebrates magic and witchcraft. In that sense, halloween is not a holiday because it is not holy, or set apart for the glory of God.

    Comment by Jay — October 26, 2007 @ 8:24 am | Reply

  2. The Bible holds the answer to pagan holiday questions. I posted an article about Halloween on my blog and received several interesting comments. See http://tinyurl.com/ypd2ck

    Comment by Robin @Heartofwisdom — October 27, 2007 @ 12:16 pm | Reply

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