Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. (KJV)
I‘m one of those moms who avoids bringing her children to stores around Halloween. Death seems to spill over, threatening to desensitize the spiritual senses.
Growing up in Australia without Halloween, I wondered why such a Christian Nation celebrated darkness. Ever since I arrived in the culture, it never sat well with me. Sure, my kids look stinking cute in their costumes. But we can’t seem to avoid dismembered body parts and witches.
When I wrestle with an issue, I center my search in scripture.
* Jesus prays in John 17:13-19 for His people to be in the world but not of the world.
* 1 Corinthians 10:23 says, ““All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up.” What are the benefits of Halloween for the Body of Christ? Christians use it as an outreach to meet neighbors. Do we really have to wait for this opportunity to reach out to neighbors?
* I also consider the meat discussion of Paul in 1 Corinthians 8. If an activity violates our conscience, then we shouldn’t participate.
* The part that unsettles me is it feels like a celebration of death and evil. We can’t have two masters, we can’t love death and love life. (An application for loving money over God from Matthew 6:24)
* Galatians 5:1 ‘It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.’ We aren’t bound by rules or tradition of man, nor self-restrictions that say God can’t use us on Halloween. We are free to make every choice count for Christ.
Today’s verse notes the importance of spending our limited time on earth wisely.
To redeem means to ‘compensate for the faults of bad aspects’ (New Oxford American Dictionary). Redeem can also mean to buy back something that was yours. So, was Halloween a Christian celebration? There is some confusion around it’s connection with All Hallows Eve, and All Saints Day. A day to remember all saints in Christ. Biblically saints are all believers, saved by faith.
It seems I speak of something, of which I don’t understand. For reference see, All Saints Day November 1st.
It would seem, most Christian holidays began as a response to a day otherwise celebrating a pagan festival. If we think about it, God made every day. We have the right to claim it back for good.
Either way, as Christians we live to glorify God.
So how can we point to God, during this tradition our Nation holds dear?
We could buy full size candy and wrap a scripture verse around it for our neighbor kids.
We could dress up as a notable Christian saint who came before us. That may lead some interesting conversation as we’re asked who we represent. A great resource for Christians who lived for Jesus is, Torchlighters. Our kids love watching this series of inspiring followers of Christ.
Most of all… Pray! A glimpse into the old testament teaches us, God always works outside our ideas and assumptions.
I’d love to hear how the Lord’s leading you to bring His light into this ‘dark’ day! Comment below!
Dear Holy Father, You set us apart as your ambassadors to represent You. Let Your Holy Spirit guide us as we seek ways to let Your light shine through us. Let us be firm in our discernment of our actions, bringing glory to You always with a clear conscience. ~Amen
We think of Him and ways to honor Him, see He Thinks of Me!
2 Corinthians 5:11-21