Yeah, I have wrote on this before but sometimes things get buried after a couple years on a blog, so here we go again. This is partially based on the fact I had a run in with another Christian Anti-Halloween article Why Christians Absolutely Should Not Celebrate Halloween. How I ran into this article is not important but what is important is that probably stands as the standard argument against Christians participating in Halloween so it is convent that I can just engage one article. The really convenient things is that the author uses bullet points so shall we dive in taking them one by one? Yes, Let’s.
God is a God of life, but Halloween focuses on death. Should I celebrate a holiday where people decorate their front yards with tombstones?
Actually, God is the God of Life AND Death. Deuteronomy 32:29 – See now that I, I am He, And there is no god besides Me; It is I who put to death and give life. The truth is God is described as both in many passages of scripture. We have many reminders of how God gives life but he also holds the power of death, so shouldn’t there be a reminder of that from time to time? The Day of the Dead in other cultures does this but in our country we really don’t have that, Halloween could be a good start. I mean I do understand why some people’s theologies don’t want to deal with this aspect of God’s character and power, but then again those theologies are flawed by being incomplete and not giving a listen to the whole council of God in the Bible.
The last part the logic is a little fuzzy. If we should not put tombstones in our front yard should we then visit a cemetery to visit our dead relatives because it might be considered glorifying the dead? If the presence of tombstones glorifies evil then we should never go to cemeteries either. Yeah. good luck on that.
The Scriptures tell us to put away deeds of darkness (Rom.13:12) and that light has nothing in common with darkness (2 Cor. 6:14). Is celebrating a dark holiday something a child of the light should be doing?
The author of this article has not established that the holiday is a dark holiday at this point. The author is assuming this, so this is begging the question at this point. That said there is an assumed definition of light and dark based on opinion not something established by the Bible. Even God is in Sheol (The Jewish place of the dead) says the Psalmist, so there is an assumption that God does not have anything to do with darkness as the writer defines it. To apply these verses we would have to first establish what the biblical definition of light and darkness (which are metaphors) would be before we pass judgment.
I had been delivered from fear and panic attacks and knew that fear comes from the enemy. Should I participate in a holiday that has fear as its very foundation?
Probably not but that is a personal decision based on practicality. not a decision based on Biblical truth. Once again the author seems to be ignoring the points the Bible makes where fear is a healthy thing. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom for example. Practically, it is not wise to approach a strange house that is dark without a little caution. The author assumes fear is always a bad thing and it is not. Fear keeps us alive when appropriately listened to both temporally and eternally.
Witchcraft is clearly detestable to the Lord (Deut. 18:10-13). Shouldn’t something that glorifies witchcraft (just take a walk through the Halloween store) be detestable to me as well?”
Actually if you read a true rendition of the passage in question there are two particular forms of witchcraft that are described when they are broken down. 1) Divination -trying to predict the future and 2) calling up the dead. Neither of these are present when I walk through a Halloween store. That’s reaching a bit; no check that, it’s reaching a lot. Not only that, are we really going to start quoting Old Testament law here? Are we still under the law given Jesus and I challenge the author to look through the whole law and find a point where he or she is flawless. Good luck, that is why we need grace. It seems at Halloween the thing Christians forget the most is grace.
Halloween is a sacred, high holiday for Wiccans (the official religion of witchcraft). Is this a holiday Christians should celebrate alongside Wiccans?
To be fair the origins of Halloween are a little muddy. It can be associated with Wiccans but then again so can Christmas and Easter. Halloween has a bunch of different holidays (mostly harvest festivals from Celtic and other traditions) and from other different sources that kind of collide to create the holiday we know today and part of that influence is *gasp* Christian. The Day of the Dead was created by Christians to remember the dead and honor their memory and part of that is part of Halloween. Sorry we already celebrate many holidays that are celebrated along side other faiths for other reasons, so why are we picking on Halloween in particular again?
Is it cute when we dress our kids like the devil (or witches, ghouls, scary characters, etc.)? Isn’t it, well, demonic?
No. Its not. Dressing up as something does not make you that something. Anybody in drama or who has done drama can tell you that. I have played Peter in an Easter Drama, does that make me an apostle? This is also not the only thing people dress up as but the author will get to that but the fact that people dress as angels on Halloween by this logic would also make the holiday angelic as well as demonic. People on Halloween often dress up as something they are not. It is acting and pretending, not reality.
What if my child dresses in a wholesome fireman costume? Romans 16:19 says that we need to be wise to what is good and innocent of evil. If I let him participate in Halloween, even while dressed as a fireman, aren’t I sending him a mixed message by allowing him to participate in a celebration of evil?
Citation needed. When has the author of this article proven that Halloween is evil? This is begging the question again. You have yet to prove that it is evil (which I think would be unlikely to do), nor have you proven that this is anything other than what it is on the surface which is a bunch of people playacting, having fun and getting a little candy on the side. What Halloween is today is not what it was in the past, just like Christmas and Easter.
The Lord said in 2 Cor. 6:17, “Come out from them and be separate … Touch no unclean thing …” Doesn’t God want His children to be set apart from the world and from sin and evil? Aren’t we supposed to be peculiar people?
Once again, on what basis are these verse applied to Halloween other than the author’s own opinion that Halloween is unclean or evil? I still have yet to see the author prove this point and I am going to tell you I don’t think the author can. The real problem I see is actually a self-righteous attitude of “I am a better Christian than you because I have labeled something unclean and then I don’t touch it.” Peculiarity is not defined in what activities we do or do not do. it is about the love we possess and act on and Halloween is irrelevant to this.
My extended family thinks it’s ridiculous that we not allow our son to dress up for Halloween. Should their opinions matter to me more than God’s? Shouldn’t pleasing God be my utmost concern?
Their right, it is ridiculous. Your assuming your opinions are the same as God’s. That is arrogance and pride of the highest order both of which God condemns. How dare you claim your opinion of Halloween is the same as God’s! You better make sure you have that two by four out of your own eye before condemning others because the same judgment will be weighed back at you on other things that you do that might be similar. If you do something that others condemn in your liberty in Christ, does that not make you culpable here?
If there is even a question in my heart and mind that it might be wrong, shouldn’t that be my first clue? Why would I continue to do so with even a lingering thought that it is wrong?
Wow! Assuming that because you feel something is wrong right away, there is something wrong with it is highly arrogant. Just because you feel something is wrong does not prove something is wrong!!! Feelings are not proof!!! They are just feelings and I have personally lost track of the things and issues I once thought were evil and under closer examination found out they were harmless or actually did some good. Too many things in life are like that for us to rush to snap judgment. They require closer examination, not a rush to judgment.
Does Halloween bring glory to God? No! It glorifies the devil! Nuff said.
No, it is not enough said. First Question: Does everything you do give glory to God? If the answer you give, is no then you fail on your same judgment that you make of Halloween. There is much we do that does not give glory to God but that we do for fun or a neutral purpose and I don’t think God is upset with them. The author still has not proven that Halloween gives glory to the devil or that is its exclusive purpose. I would argue that it would be difficult to prove this if not impossible. Begging the Question. Citation Please. Etc. Etc.
I am going to be very blunt here. The author is stating a pure opinion with no proof. He ends with he is just following the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Apparently he is arrogant enough to think he is the only one or that he and those like him are the only ones following the Holy Spirit. No. I don’t think so.
Halloween is like all other holidays when you get right down to it. It is what meaning you give it. Personally I think it has evolved far away from its original spiritual meanings which are many to be a purely secular holiday. It is about having a good time with some legends and folklore and that is where it should be. Do others maybe use it for evil purposes? Sure, but how is that different from a lot of other things in life? Probably the real issue is one of letting your fellow believers be free to make up their own mind. if you don’t want to celebrate Halloween because of your own personal convictions on the topic, fine. But maybe you should take this scripture should guide you the most:
Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day— things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ. (Colossians 2:16-17)
The substance belongs to Christ. That includes the substance of Halloween. Maybe we should then like Christmas and Easter begin a movement to take Halloween back as reminder of the dead saints who have gone before and take courage from their example. Celebrate the life we have now and rub shoulders with our fellow men and women in life and use Halloween as a way to tell others about Christ. Let’s stop using it as an occasion to say were better Christians because we don’t or do celebrate it, and instead claim it for God. It might be a better plan.