I pray the following will be thought provoking for all, especially for parents of young children –
Today is “All Hallows Eve,” most are probably more familiar with the term “Halloween”. What should our attitude be towards Halloween? Should we simply ignore it? Should we vigorously attack it? Or should we, as Christians, find ways in which to share the knowledge of the resurrecting power of Jesus Christ?
Before offering any suggestions for your consideration on how we as Christians might best relate to Halloween, I think it would be appropriate to first consider a bit of history or perspective on the origin of Halloween.
Most don’t understand the occult origin of the day and even as Christians we have allowed just enough innocence and fun to make it seem harmless. But for many Halloween either glorifies death or makes light of it. The Enemy neither glorifies death nor makes light of it. Halloween eclipses the portrayal of death and the afterlife.
The celebration of Halloween, also known as the witches’ New Year, is rooted in the ancient pagan calendar which divided the year into Summer and Winter by two fire festivals. It’s rooted in the ancient Celtic feast of Samhain (sah–ween). The Druids (the priestly class in parts of Celtic Europe and Galatia) believed that on the eve of Samhain the veil between the present world and the world beyond is pierced, releasing demons, witches, and hobgoblins collectively to harass the living. In order to make themselves immune from attack people would disguise themselves as witches, devils, and ghouls to attempt to ward off evil spirits. They would also carve grotesque-looking faces on gourds illuminated with candles, and they would try to placate the spirits with a variety of treats.
We can learn a lot from the early Christians and how they responded to Halloween. In direct response to this pagan tradition, the early Christian church moved a festival celebration called All Saints’ Day from May to November 1st and renamed October 31st All Hallows’ Eve, This was an overt attempt on the part of believers to infiltrate pagan tradition with the truth of the gospel.
This was a very bold evangelistic move designed to demonstrate that only the power of the resurrected Christ could protect men and women from the destructive ploys of Satan and his minions. This was a time in which they boldly proclaimed the marvelous fact of the resurrection and the lordship of Jesus Christ.
Today Halloween is predominately pagan, but there is always a silver lining. As Christians, this is not a time to look the other way as we so often do at evil things in this life. Halloween is not a time for avoidance; this is an opportunity, so we should seize the moment! Death, demons, pain, and suffering are real in a cursed creation. All of us have to struggle with it, and so will our children. This is not a time for shallow and superficial answers — this is a time to build intimate and lasting relationships with those whom God has entrusted to our care and places in our path. Now is the time to reach them and nurture them in the rich traditions of the Christian faith and our victory over ghouls and demons and death which is found in – 1 Corinthians 15, the great chapter on resurrection. We should also reiterate to our children and introduce to others the fact that Satan is not to be taken lightly, and he is not a character dressed in a red suit with horns and a pitchfork; instead, he is a very real and powerful adversary whose goal is to steal, kill, and destroy.
As Christians we’ve stood silent mutated and even participated in this pagan holiday essentially ushering the unsuspecting into an effective introduction to the dark side. I’m afraid although beyond evil the sick acts of hiding razor blades in apples, hiding poison in candy, etc. all pale in comparison to what we’ve hidden over the years inside this day of darkness.
Let’s Turn Our High Beams on to Illuminate this Day of Darkness!
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:13-16