Halloween: How Should Christians Respond?

Hello everyone! Today is Monday so how are you all doing? I’m really tired already! I’m sure that ya’ll know that today isn’t just Monday but it is also the universal holiday called Halloween.

I just want to explain Halloween a little bit before I jump into my post: Halloween is really Hallow’s eve or the night before All Saints Day. All Saints Day is celebrated by Catholics and on this day, they remember all their saints plus all the martyrs.  In the old days, people thought that the demons would run wild the night before, thus creating Halloween.

Now, in our modern day and age, we live in a culture that, on this day, literally celebrates death, darkness, and evil. It is, in my opinion, the worst holiday in the history of holidays! Of course, people just consider it to be another holiday, full of fun, dressing up and getting candy! It really isn’t all that wonderful though.

This world is corrupt and now, things that used to be considered pure evil and immoral by pretty much everyone, are ok in this culture. (Titus 1:15 “To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupt and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact both their minds and consciences are corrupted.”) In fact, if we stand up for what we believe and try to tell people about this, we are shushed, ridiculed, called racist or sexist, and persecuted.

The Lord knew that this would happen when He said, “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of their world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” (John 15:19) This is true for us who are trying to shine His light in this dark world.

So, the big question is, how should we as Christians respond to this holiday that is meant to celebrate evil? Some Christians will be avoiding this day altogether, casting out evil and not even participating  in the event; whereas some will be “celebrating” in full force that night, dressing in a cool costume and collecting enough candy to last them a year. So which answer is right? Should we as Christians, lock ourselves in our closets, getting away from the evil, or should we be able to have fun on that day? This is a hard questions, and when we have hard questions, we need to look to the Bible to see what God says about this.

2 Corinthinas 5:20 says, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” An ambassador is a person sent from his home country to represent it in another country. We are here on earth, representing God and sharing His love. We need to be out there, sharing the love of Christ in this dark world. We need to choose to be different when we represent Christ. He doesn’t want us to hid in our closets for this day, we need to live in this world but not be of it. We are the lights of the world, “For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the Light.” (Eph 5:8)

Do as Jesus would do. If Jesus were here on earth, do you think He would hid in His house until the next day and then come back out? Of course not! He would be out their among His children, showing them His love! In fact, this is the one day of the year that kids are actively coming to your house. What better way to be able to witness and show Christ’s love?!

Whatever you decide to do today, I want you to remember this: that you are Christ’s ambassador. You were called to shine His light in this dark world!

~Maris

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