Halloween and Christians
Let’s begin by establishing that there are NO holidays that belong to the Devil. Each day in the calendar year belongs to God and is his gift to mankind.
That said, the enemy continues to work through men in every way possible to dismiss God from culture. In very recent years we have seen a real attack on Christmas. Our schools now refer to winter break rather than Christmas break. Culture insists we must be inclusive in our greetings and Merry Christmas is not welcome as it is exclusive. Better to say Happy Holidays.
Halloween has been around in American culture for well over 100 years. Halloween has its roots in the ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of Samhain, which was celebrated on the night of October 31. The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, believed that the dead returned to earth on Samhain. People would gather to light bonfires, offer sacrifices and pay homage to the deceased.
In America the tradition of going door to door seeking candy seems to have been firmly established around 1951. When Christians look at culture that seeks to omit or at a minimum dilute Christ from its practice, what should we do? Generally Christians have taken two approaches when it comes to Halloween:
1. Connect its pagan past and refuse to acknowledge it. In fact to point out the evil origins and how the devil uses it to seduce each new generation.
2. Participate in the cultural celebration but distinguish between good and evil. In other words no devil costumes or vampires only princess and super Hero’s. Well you get the point.
What I believe God wants us to DO as Christians is to REDEEEM Halloween. What? I believe the enemy overplayed his hand on Halloween. It is the one time in the calendar year where our world comes knocking on our door. To ignore the doorbell or the knock sends a message: “This family does not care about us”.
How can we redeem Halloween? First we have to honestly acknowledge that our neighbors and friends have not studied the history of Halloween nor are they setting up at night offering sacrifices and waiting for the dead to come to life. They do not likely have an altar to the devil in their family room. They are simply using the date as a time to celebrate family, dressing up and getting FREE candy. If we do not settle that issue we cannot take the next step.
Remember that there are NO days on our calendar that God made for Satan. He may be trying to take some of them but we know he is a liar and a deceiver and God has called his Church (Christians) to set the record straight. It is up to us to REDEEM the days! We do that best when we meet our culture face-to- face not dark porch to child in Darth Vader costume. WHAT IS WRONG WITH US??? When we can quote “Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the World”… and we fold up our tents on October 31st?
Is He GREATER or not? If HE is let’s show the world. Turn on the light decorate your yard, put together a couple of games the kids can play on your driveway to win some candy. While they are playing the games meet their parents. LET JESUS SHINE!
This year at the Grace Place we have put together some beautiful invite cards for a PARENTS NIGHT OUT! We are giving them to every child and parent who knock on our doors. A night of FREE childcare for the parents of our communities. A date night for mom and dad on Nov. 6th. We are going to love on their kids, do crafts with them, have pizza and when they go back home they will not be able to talk about anything else but how great it was to go to the GRACE PLACE!
If you attend the Grace Place and did not get a supply of the invite cards to hand out this Halloween you can do so before Saturday night Oct. 31st. Our Sat. service will start early at 5pm and you can pick up the cards before or after the service. Let’s redeem this day for JESUS!!