CountryGirl Wisdom: 30-31

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Listening When He Speaks, Love God Love People

Wouldn’t ya know it, the final three installments of this BlogLand 31 Days series backs up against Halloween.

At church we recently studied the oftentimes divisive nature of personal stewardship choices made by Believers — and how it’s okay to differ on things that fall outside of God’s moral law (moral law vs. personal stewardship). Although I’m not going to go into detail about our study (because it would take a month of Sundays, literally), I am going to use what I’ve learned to lovingly share why my family chooses to forgo Halloween as a holiday —  this an example of something that falls under the personal stewardship category.

Believers read the bible, listen to the Holy Spirit’s promptings, and make decisions based on those ideals — not what your neighbor says or does, not what your best friend says or does. We don’t all agree on dress, hair, tattoos, drinking, make-up, dancing, etc. Or Halloween.

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29. Our Scriptural Basis

 

We don’t wanna set aside our areas of personal stewardship
Christian values as a means to accommodate
society’s celebration of Halloween:
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We have prayerfully, and Biblically, considered the ramifications of our family’s participation in Halloween. And for us, amid the leaves that flutter and fall to the ground, something with an evil twist lurks at the edge of the woods and sniffs at the crisp autumn air. 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 my husband and I came to know the Lord as our Savior, our pastor spoke on the topic. Personally, I was completely face down, hands up, heart open, convicted about what he had to say about Halloween.
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  1. it desensitizes children to evil
  2. it trivializes the demonic
  3. it excuses bad behavior as “mischief”
  4. it gives Satan home court advantage
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 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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Ephesians 5:11

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness…

 

In addition, the preacher man reminded us of practical ways that God’s Word instructs us on our parental responsibilities:
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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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It’s our family’s decision not to distort and/or diminish Biblical mandates, not even for one night of the year. We feel that 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. For us, we’ve chosen our viewpoint on this as a means to further represent our Christian walk. It’s part of how we live like we respect, honor, appreciate, and 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 ten 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 people reconsider participating in certain events, holidays, and/or traditions, and as Halloween knocks on our collective doors, I don’t think 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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30. Walk the Talk

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. 

 

My family has been sassed, called some ugly names (evil, shrew, mean, etc.), categorized as an uber-conservative Christians, and criticized for our 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 of personal stewardship.

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“Certainly some issues are central to the faith [moral law] and worth fighting for – but many are based on individual differences [personal stewardship] and should not be legislated. Our principles should be:

In essentials, unity;

In non-essentials, liberty;

 In everything, love.”

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NKJV – Life Application Study Bible
Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Quote taken from notes re: Romans 14:1ff; p. 2080.
 

 

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For more 31 daZe of CountryGirl Wisdom: 

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4.-5.-6.-7. 

8.-9.-10.-11. 

12.-13.-14.-15.  

16.-17.

18.-22. 

23.-29.

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3 thoughts on “CountryGirl Wisdom: 30-31”

  1. Hey, you. Just stopping by to say I love you and I’ve been keeping you in prayer. Hugs to you.

  2. Marcy Terwilliger says:

    Hey Darlene, these are some great points you have made here plus your backed up by the Father. I read my bible everyday, being in my early sixties it’s great to see things with new eyes. Yes, Halloween has always been considered evil, all about Satan and evil spirits. Our church avoids it by calling it “Trunk & Treasure.” This they have two weeks before the Halloween date on a Sunday afternoon, only “Happy” costumes are welcomed and the kids play games & go car, to truck and get candy. It’s a safe place, dinner is served, happy people, happy kids. My grandchildren go each year. Now 4 months ago we stopped going to our church after 14 years, they started doing things we questioned, read in the bible that were wrong and now have totally changed religions, at 63 I can do this. Love Pastor Phil with all my heart and he just tells it like it is. This church is the 75th most growing church in the United States, Wow, did I know that when we went, No, I just goggled it. We are now up to four services because we can’t hold them. I’ve never seen anything like this in my life. People are coming out of the walls to be baptized in a horse trough. Couples, old men and women, young people, but it’s these men in their 40’s and 50’s sitting there crying with big tears rolling down their faces, they are so happy they found God. I’m a crying mess, the singing alone brings me to tears. They have a live Podcast which is great for me because with 7 autoimmune diseases I never know if I’ll have a good day or not. So I can watch it from home, got Pastor Phil sitting in my lap on my laptop. Glory God is good isn’t he? Thankful, so thankful to have found this new church, new belief, it’s all good. Just put the Man first and watch out, it’s no telling where He will lead you. Love you Darlene. Marcy Terwillliger

  3. Love your post. I’m Ginger’s sister in case you’re wondering. I also love your writing style. I feel I know you a bitty bit and like what I see. I agree totally with your view on Halloween. I don’t even capitalize it but my PC changes that. I agree with Ginger’s post on it too and commented on that. I commend you for our stand. Standing for Christ in a fallen world is not easy especially against the wiles of the devil, especially during his holiday. Thanks for that and for your words. Wendy

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