It is not a controversy for most people. It is a huge “sell-a-thon” for business and a day that many, most actually, kids especially look forward to when they can collect and consume sugar and dress up and have cupcakes. It is only a controversy for Christians.
Here is how I see it now. We can choose to shun it as a witch’s brew and act as though it was not happening. The other possibility is to avoid the appearances of evil, and make an effort to redeem the “day” as an opportunity to do a little something to bless kids and trumpet the gospel. I am ok with either option. I am ok if you choose to stay home and read your Bible and pray and carry out your normal chores and eat dinner as a family tonight. That is the wonderful thing about the Body of Christ. WE have freedom, the world does not. The world is enslaved to sin, they crave it. Christians are only tempted to sin, we can enjoy our freedom by shunning the world’s ways and, if ignoring the “holiday” carry on with obeying Matthew 6:33.
The other option as I said is to make some small effort to be a light in the dark. You can stay at home and be a light by avoiding the appearance of evil or you can actively take your light out and shine it all around too. I choose to do the latter but if you choose the former I am ok with that because you have to obey your conscience on this matter.
A bit of my history might help you understand where I am coming from. Also, a bit of Bible will really help you to obey the command of the Lord to bring glory to Him in everything (including even staying at home and having dinner.) I was raised in a Christian home where we never went to the movie theater because it was dark and bad stuff happens in the dark (this is true sometimes.) We did not go to dances. We did not entertain any alcohol in our home. But we did celebrate Halloween, like crazy we did. We turned our small church sanctuary into a haunted house. We did not know that people worshipped Satan on this day. WE purposely made it scary because scary meant fun to us. WE dressed up like monsters and went trick or treating. We bagged a lot of candy. We did nothing Christian on that day accept go along with the world, and we did it totally ignorantly. It was naive. It was not very discerning. WE should not “not know.”
Then we found out about what happens all over the world on this date. So we stopped it in my family, with my kids. My grandkids stopped it. And our church – the we attend now, stopped it. We could not, in good conscience get into the spirit of wicked and ghoulish costumes knowing that some little baby was being knifed during a dark arts meeting in the woods somewhere and be a part of it all by acting as though it was not happening in our beloved America. We stopped it all.
Now here’s what we do do. We do what the Bible tells us to do….we try our best at “redeeming the time.” We do the “whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God” Scriptures. We also obey what Jesus said in John 20:21 “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”
This was one of the very first things Jesus said to His scared disciples after He arose from the dead. I am thinking about this as I type this…Jesus arose from the “dead.” End of scary for Christians. Not the end of “yucky” but the end, for sure of yucky. Halloween is yucky, but death is scary. Jesus beat it. So, I will beat it. In fact in His way of thinking about it I already have. The really big thing though was what Jesus said, “As the Father sent me, even so I am sending you.”
I am lazy by sinful nature. So, for me, when I with my mind find a way to avoid hard work I do. For me staying at home is easy, so my tendency is – stay at home at all costs. Don’t bother with something so obviously evil and awful and “yucky.” Don’t engage the people of the planet who are under a spell of evil. But Jesus haunts me more. He sends chills down my spine when He tells me I am being sent still, like He did to the “chicken-liver” disciples in John 20. But I have to man up and over come this fright, because when in John 17 Jesus is about ready to say He would send the disciples as He was sent, He lets them know that He HAS ALL AUTHORITY!.(John 17:2)
Jesus says then a little later in the chapter, (vs. 18) Jesus says “as you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.” Jesus came into the world, he was “sent” into the world as a man. He was despised by religious authority figures because He was not, in their opinion, separate from the world enough. He ate and drank with sinners. I do not believe Jesus did this in the context of a pagan ritual. But, none the less, He ate and drank with sinners, implying that He went out into the world and met ungodly people in different venues. He went “into the world.” He did not dress up like pagans to win their trust, but He did share food with them. He kept company with them. He talked with them, and some came to Him, including Mathew and Zacchaeus. He found a way to take His light and not hide it under a bushel and let it shine for the glory of God.
He also went into the world this way…He cast out evil spirits. He had authority. He used it to free people. Then He ministered to them and taught them and brought them along, including Mary Magdalene. She certainly was saved because Jesus did not stay at home, but entered into the world…and took the gospel and preached it.
So taking this route, of deliberately going out into the world on such an ugly day is for me the right way. If you disagree we must stay friends. WE must be eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. We can agree to disagree. But I would challenge you to think on this. Which days will you redeem from evil if you start leaving out some days simply because the world has “hallowed” them? Will you end Christmas and Easter? Both have pagan trappings. Most of us choose to buy them back.
In closing, I would submit this Scripture upon which must be no debate whatsoever. It will help us to love one another better and allow each other the freedom to follow the Lord’s leading for us individually without bringing in the curse of infighting.
From Romans 14:5-9
5 One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
Jesus is Lord – the enemy is defeated…we must be a light that shines on His victory!
Every, single, solitary day is holy to the Lord!!!
I pray “God bless you” today and every day,
Your brother in Christ, Rod