Halloween. Nothing holds greater power to make good friends bitter enemies than Halloween.
It’s a clear-cut issue. Halloween is
the funnest day of the year… totally evil… dress-up fun… of the devil… time to be silly… time to be vigilant… candy heaven… tooth decay… fun for the whole family… the devil’s playground… classic American culture… a horrible dark thing… a great way to build community with your neighborhood… an opportunity to stand against darkness… the best holiday of the year… the most evil day of the year… not clear-cut.
I was born and raised in a country where Halloween was not part of the culture. At some point it became a cultural import but most people, especially Christian people, did not embrace it. Now I live in West-coast America where Halloween is as culturally prized as apple pie and Fourth of July! It was a big shock when I first moved here, to see really wonderful godly people decorating their homes and encouraging their kids to dress up. I didn’t understand why Christians would be involved with such a dark-themed holiday. And then, as youth pastors, we had to work out what to do for our community of teens and families who demanded a safe and positive October 31st event. It pushed me to have to pray…
What is a Christian supposed to do?! What does God say about Halloween?? [Continue…]
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