The Loudmouth Protestant

October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween…Not!

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This morning, as I entered the elevator on my way up to my office, a casual friend of mine asked without hesitation, “So, what are you going to be for Halloween?” I laughed and replied, “You presume that I celebrate Halloween.” To which he looked at me quizzically and said, “You don’t, why not?” And there in the elevator in front of him and two other riders I told him in short order that I don’t celebrate it for spiritual and personal reasons. The quizzical look didn’t leave his face. You would have sworn I just  told a child that Santa didn’t exist. I was saved by the bell and released from this awkward situation when the elevator reached my floor. But as I walked up the stairs to my desk I thought to myself, “Has Halloween become so commonplace that everyone is expected to acknowledge it and celebrate it?” Well, apparently so.

I listened to a colleague of mine conducting business with a writer and at the end of her phone call she wished her writer a happy Halloween. A member of upper-level management left for the day and wished me and another colleague a “Happy Halloween”. The people on The View dressed up for Halloween. Even Bill O’Reilly, a guest on The View, dressed up in a very apropos vampire costume for Halloween. Yes, this is the world we live in, where people are okay with celebrating darkness if for only one day–actually make it two–but when it comes to celebrating light and it’s likeness we have to mince our words and/or completely change them. “Happy Holidays”, we say because “Merry Christmas” is imposing a specific set of beliefs on people, but saying “Happy Halloween” is not imposing a set of beliefs and traditions on people? This is the world we live in.

I am not going to knock Halloween. I think I’ve done it in years past and personally I am tired of beating a dead horse. I’d rather talk about the living word and the man who is alive. I don’t really have a particular resolution to this dilemma of a world insistent on being comfortable with a holiday that celebrates darkness, fear, and evil for fun’s sake. So suffice to say I will tell all who are satisfied with what will take place tonight and tomorrow not to get too comfortable in the darkness because all that is done in the darkness shall come to the light. What happens on Hallow’s Eve and on Halloween will not stay in Hallow’s Eve and Halloween–that should be scarier than the number of ghouls, goblins and other sordid creatures that will come alive. You want scary, read the book of Revelation, now that is scary as hell.

So govern yourselves according. I can’t tell you to have a Happy Halloween, nor can I condone it’s celebration, but if you insist, be safe and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do. See you in the light.

LMP’s other posts on Halloween:

Happy Ho-lloween

Don’t Be Scared

Halloween Trumps Christmas

 

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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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