“In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” -Matthew 5:16
It’s that time of year again when Children (adults too) love to dress up. It’s exciting for most to think about being anyone they choose to be, creating a costume and acting out that person for a day. Going out at night in costume, Halloween parties and trick-or-treating with friends bring an adventure that no other holiday offers children.
Is Halloween a pagan holiday? Can we glorify God through a pagan holiday?
“live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.” -Ephesians 5:8-9
Halloween’s deepest roots are decidedly pagan. Long ago, in what is now France and Britain, the Celts observed the end of summer with pagan rites. They believed a lord of death sent evil spirits into animals. The animals roamed around all winter playing terrible tricks on people. To escape, a person wore a disguise so that the evil spirits would think you were one of them. Centuries later, followers of Jesus came along and tried to change the holiday from a festival of fear to one of joy. They introduced a Christian alternative—All Hallows Day (November 1), a time to celebrate the memory of loved ones who had died and gone to be with Jesus. Halloween creates a natural opportunity to talk about what is real, and to explain the gospel in the process. -Mark 16:15
Is it possible that our negativity toward Halloween only alienates the people we seek to reach? Can we be in the world, but not of the world?
Take advantage of this God – given opportunity to reach your community for Christ by sharing His love with others. Whether it’s through gifts to trick-or-treaters that include something about Jesus or a church-sponsored Halloween party. Share the gospel and give an invitation for someone to invite Jesus into their life.
“Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.”-Psalm 96:3
Also, give serious thought to the appropriateness of judging another Christian for observing or not observing Halloween. If you do not know why another person participates in this holiday then you cannot accurately judge the motivations and intentions of another person's heart. The most appropriate Christian response to Halloween is to study the matter for yourself and follow the convictions of your own heart. Let others do the same without condemnation from you. -Matthew 7:1-5
Make the most of Halloween. The world is going to come knocking at your door. Share His love and light!