Do You Set Aside or Recognize?

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I reckon my stance on this topic isn’t going to make me any friends, and it very well may confuse and/or alienate current ones, but what I’ve gotta say is not only important, but is something that needs to be brought out of the dark. Quite literally.

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Do you set aside your Christian values
as a means to accommodate society’s celebration of Halloween?
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Have you prayerfully, and Biblically, considered the ramifications of your family’s participation in Halloween? Amid the leaves that flutter and fall to the ground, something other than my big ole shepherd dog lurks at the edge of the woods and sniffs at the crisp autumn air…

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The Bible does not give us the option to obey God’s word when it works out with our neighbors. No, quite to the contrary, God tells us how to live. Each. And. Every. Day. Because our choices and ways of life reflect our Lord God Almighty, we are different than the secular world around us. And that’s okay. Actually, it’s more than okay, it’s right on target and in line, bumpin’ shoulders with the holy standards He sets for us.
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About one year after coming to know the Lord as my Savior, my pastor spoke on the topic. I was completely face down, hands up, heart open, convicted about what he had to say about Halloween.
1. it desensitizes children to evil
2. it trivializes the demonic
3. it excuses bad behavior as “mischief”
4. it commonly invites young people to drinking & drugs
5. it gives Satan home court advantage
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* Scripture teaches us that we are to train up our children in the right way to go (Proverbs 22:6)..
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Train up a child in the way he should go, 
And when he is old he will not depart from it.

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* Scripture also teaches us to train them tresist spiritual wickedness and guard them from darkness (Ephesians 5:11). 

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.

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In addition, my preacher man reminded us of God’s Word regarding our parental responsibilities:
Parents have the capacity to understand the influences of Halloween,
                          children don’t… (Ephesians 6:1)
 
 
Parents have the responsibility of rightly influencing children,
                          children don’t… (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)
 
 
Parents have the warning from Scripture to not confuse their children,
                          children don’t… (Deuteronomy 18:9-11)
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We must not distort known Biblical truths, not even for one night of the year. Despite the pleas of children and the protests of adults, it is our God-given responsibility to protect our kids from the evils associated with Halloween. Even if it is watered down with cutesy costumes and bags of candy, it is still a satanic-linked celebration. We need to be strong and steadfast in our Christian walk.
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Buckaroos, we need to live like we respect & honor & appreciate & understand the sacrifice Jesus made to keep us separate from the evil that is in the world.
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Since I was not raised in a Christian home, as a kid I participated in the typical Halloween hoopla; but ever since I committed my life to the Lord nine years ago, and as I’ve learned of His will for me, I’ve gladly changed my ways. Not only do I take seriously the new person that I am in Christ, but I take seriously the job that God gave me to raise my son to be a Warrior for Christ. I reckon you do too, aye?
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As we reconsider our participation in certain events, holidays, and/or traditions, and as Halloween knocks on our collective doors, we should not turn off the lights, hide in our closets, and stick gobs of candy corn in our ears. Nope, that be an ugly mess. Just remember, if you decide to take something outta your routine, it is important to replace the old ways with new activities.
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Don’t make children want for what they don’t have by leaving a gaping void in their lives. Instead, fill it with something special that glorifies God. 
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For example, an often overlooked, but important Christian event to celebrate October 31st is The Reformation and Martin Luther’s story. Your family, some friends, a big bowl of popped corn, and a film covering this topic would be an excellent replacement. Several movies have been made on this man and his contribution to Christianity.

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I’ve been sassed, called some ugly names, categorized as an uber-conservative Christian, and criticized for my stance — by fellow Believers. But by the grace of God and the strength of the King of kings, I know I’m standing on ground that is solid for me and my family. And I reckon it’s up to each of us to determine our Christian footing… may God guide your decisions on this matter.

While we seek God’s will for our households there are issues and events that spark confusion and frustration among family, friends, and fellow Believers. Just remember that even though it isn’t easy for you to swim against the current of society’s norms and secular behaviors, it was no easy task for Jesus either. 

 

 

 

 

* The above is a re-post (with some edits and updates).

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6 thoughts on “Do You Set Aside or Recognize?”

  1. Very well stated, Miss Darlene. This is a very hard subject for me. My daddy’s birthday was Oct. 31st, and it was always celebrated with costumes and halloween decorations. Even after we made the decision to not make halloween a big deal with our kids (which became MUCH easier when we moved to Pollywog Creek in the woods – because no one ever comes here to trick or treat), we still celebrated my daddy’s birthday. My parent’s church sponsored an alternative, so the kids dressed up in fun, not scary or evil costumes, and joined their cousins in the activities at my parent’s church where daddy manned a booth. It was always a birthday celebration, but in the midst of Halloween. Every year we told the kids why we didn’t celebrate halloween, but the boys married girls(who I love dearly), but were raised differently, and influenced the boys to allow their kids to participate in halloween. One of them always makes a big deal out of halloween with decorations in their home. {I begin decorating for Thanksgiving in October}. One of them always invites me to come to their house to see the kids in costumes and help pass out candy to the neighborhood kids, so, of course, I go. What’s a mimi to do? They know how I feel, I’ve written about it more than once, and I know they have read my blog. As someone who lived controlled by fear for far too many years, instilling fear in children, and even being entertained by fear, is one of my biggest concerns about halloween. It’s a place where I must speak truth in love while loving on my family and giving them room to grow. And they are growing – they are raising their children in the church to love the Lord and obey His Word. But as for me? You won’t find a hint of halloween in my home, except the book my children read every halloween that explained why we don’t celebrate – and I pray that the grands will read it one day, too.

    • Miss Patricia,

      I value your insight and your stance. It’s a hard balance to be sure — and I see how love comes out on top with you.

      Blessings.

  2. This is a tricky topic for us too. My hubby’s birthday is Halloween. To celebrate or not was our first fight dating. I was brought up that Halloween is evil and he simply saw the fun. As we have become a family, (since we live in a subdivision) we use it as a way to get out there and talk with our neighbors who we wouldn’t otherwise see. I see this issue as a living in the world but not of it. Thanks for your passion. I completely understand it. I’m also grateful for where God has placed us and want to take advantage of precious conversation opportunities.

    • Miss Ruth,

      Thank you for your comment. I appreciate not only what you have to say, but the tone that you used to say it.

      May God’s light shine as you reach out to your neighbors.

      Blessings.

  3. Thanks for the blog post. I posted over at the high calling on this. I won’t repeat it here. I agree with you. But I am going to engage this year in love. I’m going to answer that door and meet my neighbors. I’ll stop by later with another post.

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