If you’ve been under a rock for the last month then you’ll like to know that this week is Halloween.
Growing up we never did anything for Halloween. In fact we didn’t even open the door when the kids rang on the bell (looking back now, that was pretty rude!) let alone be allowed to go out to trick or treat for ourselves.
As the years have gone by it seems that Halloween has become a huge monster (no pun intended, well a little pun intended!). It’s a multi-million dollar industry and is not going to lose speed. People love the candy, like to dress up (this one always puzzles me!), and for some reason seem to think it is ok to watch the lamest movies if all time. I even watched Gremlins the other day, and really that movie is so lame!
Many churches are now embracing Halloween. They have their Trunk or Treat, their Fall Harvest Parties, their Alternative Halloween party and what ever they may call it. Yet there is still a segment of the church world that is totally anti Halloween. Any giving out of candy or dressing up is the ultimate sin!
So in a world that loves Halloween and where the church is either pro or anti, what is the right answer! I mean is Halloween really sinful, or is it just harmless fun?
I think for me I’m saddened when I look at Facebook or Twitter and find people commenting their views in such a militant kind of way, or see Christians acting just like everyone else in the world.
As a church we have been called to be a light in the darkness. In fact doesn’t the bible say we are in this world but do not belong to this world! I think so many in the church have gone from being in this world, to being of the world. I’ll be honest, I have no problem with people trick or treating, dressing up, handing out candies and watching scary movies, but I do have a problem when we switch the light that has been given to us through Jesus Christ off and stand and watch this world fighting through the darkness. This isn’t a Halloween issue, this is a 365 days a year issue.
What separates you from the family down the street? The fact that you go to church? That isn’t what Jesus talked about when he called you a light! Halloween just shows me how dark this world really is, which means we need to shine even brighter so that people will not be lost in a dark dying world.
However, this doesn’t mean bashing people who ‘celebrate’ Halloween. It doesn’t mean judging people who ‘celebrate’ Halloween, it is doesn’t mean locking yourself (and your kids) away so that they will not be corrupted by this world!
I’m a huge believer in being known what you are for instead of what you are against! Yes, as Christians we have to make a stand, but no-one will hear our stand unless they see our heart! Bashing Halloween is not a way for people to see your heart, nor is it a way for your light to shine!
Not one person ever found Christ through us not answering the door at Halloween, not one person ever found Christ through sheltering your kids, not one person ever found Christ through hiding your light and not one person ever found Christ through you imitating what this world does.
I believe there is no greater time than this for your light to shine, but you have to be in the darkness for your light to shine bright!