the war that should never be
You are probably wondering where the heck I am going with a title like this…You are not alone! I am not completely sure either! Other than to share some thoughts on a very touchy subject for some.
In recent years many of my friends and acquaintances seem to battle and go to war over Halloween. The biggest question that is argued…
Should Christians celebrate/partake in Halloween?
We have two sides, to what I will argue is the very same coin.
Holiness vs Loving Others
We see very clearly in the Bible both of these things stressed with great importance! Summed up in these two verses.
13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest [your] hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, [as] in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you [is] holy, you also be holy in all [your] conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay [here] in fear; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, [like] silver or gold, from your aimless conduct [received] by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. – 1Pe 1:13-19 NKJV
34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” – Jhn 13:34-35 NKJV
There are two primary responses of Christians in America when it comes to Halloween.
- Turn off all the lights, lock the doors, close the blinds, be as quiet as possible! God forbid someone in a costume knock on your door and you are exposed to the evils of this world
- Go out, party, get drunk, commit all sorts of sin. You know, those pagan things!
Okay, so those are a bit extreme…and you’re right, most Christians do not fall into either category.
This is what I know. We are called to be Holy as He is Holy. Taking no part in darkness. Much of Halloween is centered around darkness. Its very foundation is Darkness. Many Christians are very naive and/or ignorant to this reality. The Devil is Real. Demons are real. Yes, people worship them! Yes, some very dark things happen on Halloween. But that is no reason to turn all your lights off, lock the doors, and pretend like no one is home, living in Fear.
I also know that we are called to love people well, JUST LIKE JESUS DID! Tho it is true, I do not believe that Jesus ever walked into a Pagan Temple and turn tables(oh wait…He did turn over tables…but that was in the Temple) I do know that He went to parties. I do not see any place where Jesus drank alcohol or got drunk on wine. But I do see Him enjoying Himself as He loved on all those lost in Darkness around Him. If memory serves me right, He even cast some of those pesky demons out of peoples lives…Why did He do that!? Because He loves them!
And this is why this is a war that should never have to be in the Walls of the Church. The Church should be pure and spotless. The Church should be real, genuine, and loving. Loving people out of Darkness!
There is no clear cut formula. Some of you need to drop to your knees and repent! Living in and celebrating darkness. Worshiping any other thing but God.
How about Trying to intentionally scare others!?(big part of Halloween) You are a Follower of Jesus and have no place instilling FEAR into others! That is not the Kingdom!
Some of you need to repent for not asking Jesus what He wants you to do this Halloween! Could it be, He is trying to open your eyes to an entire mission field right outside your front door!? Walking out the Kingdom and Loving others Well!?
It is time for us to end the war on the inside, and join together, and take this war to the streets! Let your Light shine before ALL MEN! Casting away all darkness!
All is summed up in this one passage:
8 For you were once darkness, but now [you are] light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose [them]. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. 14 Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.” 15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be unwise, but underrstand what the will of the Lord [is]. 18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.
– Eph 5:8-21 NKJV