Halloween

Repost of another past blog about Halloween:

What, does the title of this blog say Halloween? While I make every effort to avoid using the word Halloween, I would like to take a moment to address it. I have heard a few pastors teach on Halloween, talking about how evil it is, and give 15 reasons why we should not celebrate it. Then the same churches where these pastors preach have “Harvest Parties” on October 31st, as if by coincidence.

While I make light of the disconnect between the teaching and actions of these churches, it is important for me to state there are some valid points to their teachings. On the one hand, there are occultist things that occur along with Halloween, and it is a celebration of darkness (not physical darkness, but dark things). However, ignoring something is not going to make it go away, so we ought to try to use these dark things that are not going to go away to learn about the light.

Halloween, the way I see it, is essentially a celebration of fear. It is the one time a year people embrace ugly, and fearful things. Stores are stocked with scary costumes, people decorate their yards and houses with spiders, webs, and other scary items, horror houses are set up and celebrated, and Hollywood’s scariest movies are set to be released during the Halloween Season.

I think that this is a great time to talk about fear. Ask your kids, friends or other family members what they are afraid of-both legitimate fears and irrational fears. Why are these fears a part of their lives? What does the scripture have to say about fear? Hint: Romans 8:15, 2 Timothy 1:7.

There is one last thought on fear that I would like to share. Fear is nothing more than False Evidence Appearing Real. Who is the author of falsehood? What does that mean about where fear comes from? “If God is for us… (you know the rest of the verse).

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