Today being Halloween and a Sunday, is an interesting combination. It brings attention to the importance of worshiping God, being in church today, being a Christian, and serving God.
Several years ago, I quit celebrating or acknowledging Halloween because of its evil connotations or meanings. When I was a young man, decades and decades ago, I was dating a girl who was struggling with Christian beliefs. She had a rough life, so the Christian life was something somewhat foreign. I have been a Christian most of my life, so I did my best to answer her questions. As we went over questions and discussed the Christian faith, I could see the evil trying to keep her attention away from God. It was really frightening. As she made the decision for Christ, it was wonderful for her, but she went through some terrifying situations as the evil tried hard not to lose its hold. And, of course, all of this happened in the fall near Halloween.
I could share stories where I saw evil work in my life as well as others. However, I do not wish to glorify evil and its horrible activities. Knowingly this, I quit celebrating Halloween and its implications of justifying evil.
Recently, my wife and I began attending a new church. We had moved to a new area to love, and the other church was too far away. One Sunday, a retired Pastor was filling in for the Pastor and began discussing how we shouldn't celebrate evil by dressing our children up as ghosts, goblins, witches, or anything of the sort. I was pleased to hear this but wondered how the children hearing his comments would feel. After all, it is very hard these days for children not to go along with the crowd. Soon after that, I learned that the church would be hosting an event, "Trunk or Treat," where members of the congregation would decorate the trunks of their cars to share candy with "trick or treaters" in the community but especially the children in the church. My first thought was it is a fantastic idea for the children, so they don't feel the pressures of being left out. Even better, the children would be dressed in costumes designed after people from the Bible. This took the evil out of the day for the children.
As a child, I remember celebrating Halloween by decorating my parent's house and hosting haunted houses to scare other kids. It was fun and not intended to be evil or mean. However, over time, it began feeling like something wasn't right. Though I was a Christian at the time, I didn't seem to understand the evil and bad things associated with it. Over the years, God has taught me about the spiritual warfare going on in this life which has detrimental effects on my well-being. The same is for everyone else, we just have to be willing to learn about it.
If you are not a Christian, or maybe you have strayed away from your faith, make Halloween a turning point in your life. Learn about God, Jesus, the Bible at the Christian Life at Peace With God.