This post has been brewing for a couple of years now. I guess I’m finally brave enough to voice my thoughts. But I have been censored and edited by my husband, who is much gentler and more forgiving than I.
Through many of the recent posts floating around Facebook and Instagram (my favorite social network these days), it has become apparent to me that the celebration of Halloween is no longer taboo for many of my Bible believing friends. I am personally very disturbed by this.
Why is it that a holiday which is so evidently associated with evil has become something which Christians feel they can or have to participate in? Why should we even celebrate it in an alternative manner?
These verses are continually coming to mind:
Ephesians 5:11 – “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”
2 Corinthians 6:14b-15 “…for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?”
1 Thessalonians 5:22 “Abstain from all appearance of evil.”
Whereas I understand that there is nothing wrong with dressing up as a princess or a pumpkin, I don’t understand why we would choose to partake in a day which has always been everything opposite of our holy God. Can’t we dress up any time? My kids love to play dress-up and role play nearly daily.
Should we not take this opportunity to stand in stark contrast to the culture around us? What a golden opportunity to show the difference between believers who have had their lives and purposes and even celebrations changed by Christ, and those who are still in bondage to darkness. Instead we are blurring the lines between the holy and the profane. This is a new trend. Didn’t our parents and grandparents have a good reason for teaching us not to participate in this day?
Many try to seize upon this day as an opportunity for evangelism. I appreciate their desire to reach souls for Christ, but I feel as though the ends do not justify the means in this situation. Are we as zealous to use other opportunities to hand out tracts and share Christ throughout the year? Or do we use this as an excuse to participate in Halloween? Many “churches” would claim that a certain kind of music provides an opportunity for evangelism, and yet we would say that this music does not mix with the message of the Gospel. Is not Halloween the same?
I have not said anything the last few years, though I always am vexed when I scroll through my newsfeed at this time of year. Each year it seems to be getting worse, as more and more of my friends get involved. I did not feel I could remain silent any longer.
Feel free to share comments and thoughts, but please keep it civil. I also feel very alone in my position, so I would really like to know if there are some of you that stand with me.