The signs are out. There are sharks in the water. You can not see them and you do not know how many are out there, but you know that they are there. Will you let your children swim? The swimming is just for fun. The sharks probably will not bite. They may just brush against your child and you will never even know because the sharks are covered. In the end, no one will be hurt and everyone will have a great time.
Parents, It is not too late to put the brakes on this year’s Halloween celebration for your family. You are the parents and your responsibility to protect your children is more important than how upset they will be when you say, “we are not participating in Halloween. Period!”
I will start this by stating that I realize that there are a variety of views on this subject even within my own circle of friends and family. I love everyone just as much whether they participate in these pagan rooted evil traditions are not. I hate the traditions not the people who participate in them. I really do believe that a person can completely avoid Halloween without jeopardizing any friendships or missing out on this small opportunity to bond with the their neighbors. That is one argument I have heard, and it is a very weak argument to support participating in Halloween. Actually, as a Christian your lack of participation might be the doorway to sharing Jesus with a neighbor.
For starters here is a comment left by Renee on my recent post titled Halloween – Should Christians Participate?.
The year before I got saved, I dressed up as a vampire. The next year I had to explain to my children why I did not want to participate in Halloween. My children understood totally; unfortunately, my husband did not. We are still divided over the subject 5 years later.
I have a proposal for anyone who says they don’t associate Halloween with the origins. Let’s have a Nazi day. We can all dress up like Nazis, decorate with swastikas, have the best Hitler look a like contest. Then we can lure children into it with enticements of candy and the lure of fun. Why not, we were never Nazis, we never killed Jews. So what if there are people who are still Nazis today and do horrible things because of it. What if this holiday was their ‘holy’ Nazi day. But we don’t associate it with them or with what Nazis did.
How can we participate in a day that was and is a day set apart to glorify evil, the very evil that we have been set free from. We are children of light and not darkness. It is so absurd to me. It’s a slap in the face to our Lord.
That’s just my opinion. To me it’s very black and white. And yes I do have fond memories of dressing up and trick or treating as a child, but my parents were not Christians and did not know any better. I don’t think any child is robbed of fun by not participating in Halloween. Last year I went with my children and my husband trick or treating. I told them they did not have to go to any scary looking houses. They avoided them all. Then my 4 year old walked up to a very benign looking house and came back screaming down the walkway. There was a fake severed hand on the porch which was wiggling. Wow, what fun.
Now, if you are thinking about arguing the point of where the day originated from you can save your hot little fingers. It really does not matter where the day originated. There are people glorifying Satan and Evil on this day and there are a ton of people who are just ignorant to the facts and having fun. The motives of those who celebrate this day are irrelevant. It doesn’t matter whether it is done “just for fun” or to perform a formal Satanic ritual. Why would you want to go out and mingle with them and possibly be confused as being one of them or being tolerant of their practices? You can stay home and enjoy a quiet evening with your family (porch lights off and not giving out candy). By the way, you can consider yourself warned of the evil roots of this holiday so you are no longer a participant who is ignorant of the facts.
There is no benefit in subjecting yourself and your children to what might be hidden behind some of the masks walking the streets in your neighborhood, roaming the malls, or browsing through your church fall festival. Yes, that’s right, your church could even have some intentional evil doers among your children if the church has opened their fall festival to the public and allows costumes.
The church is not always filled only with those who are seeking salvation in Jesus Christ along with the regular attending well meaning Christians. Sometimes a few seats can be filled with those who are trying to get a first hand look at their enemy, us, the believers. An article reminded me of this possibility when the author, a self proclaimed non-believer, visited a popular church to get a feel for how Christians were being sold on this whole faith thing. His view of what he saw is likely distorted, but it gives proof that not everyone who darkens the doors of the church is doing it with good intentions. There are people out there like the ones in this article who are trying to lure folks to their side of the fence on the salvation and faith subjects. The Wired Magazine article titled The Church of the Non-Believers by Gary Wolf proves this point in its analysis of some well known atheists. I do not endorse Wired in any shape form or fashion and I certainly do not believe that atheists are devil worshipers. Here is small portion of the article that proves my point on the mysterious visitors that you may never be aware of in your church.
In the evening, as it cools to 102, I decide to enter the emplacements of the adversary.
I am headed for the Angelus Temple, in Echo Park. A landmark of modern Christianity, it is one of the original churches of the surging charismatic movement.
Now what does this article have to do with Halloween? It has very little to do with Halloween directly, but the article can give you a sense of the beliefs, or lack of beliefs some of your friends, family, co-workers, and fellow church goers might be working off of if you have never asked. Consider your neighbors. How many of them have a clear picture of where they stand spiritually, good bad or otherwise? Better yet, how many of your neighbors know where you stand with your relationship with Jesus Christ? Then once again, why would you step out and participate in something that might tag you as a supporter of evil? Why muddy the water when there are people out there who are preying on non-believers and weak Christians? Halloween night is not the best night to go out witnessing to them for the first time. You can just pass on that 2-3 hour opportunity and instead hook up your neighbor during one of the other 8757 hours in an average year. Who knows, your staying in the house on Halloween might prompt your neighbor to approach you and ask why did you not bring your kids out on Halloween night? “Was one of your kids sick?” they might ask. And then the door is wide open to share your faith with them.
Don’t forget that you are the parent and you can say no to this holiday.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.Romans 12:2 (NIV)