Saturday, October 31, 2009

Something to Think About

May I ask you a question?

If you were a football player, would you put on your opponent's uniform and go out on the football field in the middle of an intense game??

Or, if you were a soldier, would you don the uniform of your enemy and saunter onto the battlefield in the heat of battle dressed in your enemy's uniform?

I seriously doubt it!

Yet, many Christians don't think twice of dressing up themselves or their children as witches, wizards or devils and celebrating the "devil's holiday," all in the name of "fun," of course.

I find that strange, don't you?

I guess many Christians just forget that we are in a spiritual battle.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 says, "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ."

And Ephesians 6:12 says, "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places."

And yet, we are told to "dress up" for the battle. The scriptures tell us what we are to put on:

"Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." -- Ephesians 6:11

"Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand, therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of the salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." -- Ephesians 6:13-17.

The armor of God is to be the "costume" of the Christian, not just on October 31st, but on every day of the year, as we "fight the good fight of faith." (1 Timothy 6:12)

If you want to ponder this issue further, I encourage you to read this article from "The Teaching Home," which explores ideas on how to handle Halloween in a way that edifies our families and honors our Lord. You might also want to read my blog post from last year, entitled A Biblical View of Halloween.

* All Scripture references are from the New King James Version of the Bible.


Noel said...

I am glad there are so many Christians that are waking up to the reality of what Halloween stands for. It is truly evil. I would much rather celebrate a harvestime if I celebrate anything.

Rebecca's Refining said...

It is strange now to think that for many years we went trick or treating....of course, we mostly had homemade, cretive outfits hobos, or one year we dressed like Japanese girls! :) We never had the violent or scary type costumes popular today.
We loved going trick or was so much fun to dress up and walk around the neighborhood together! (Probably one of the few times these two sisters got along!) As we got older, we quit dressing up, and just passed out candy to the many little munchkins that came to our door. I don't remember having a "family discussion" about the origins of halloween, or how we, as Christians, should abstain from participating in those activities. It was never about "evi" for us, and it seemed so innocent ...just a fun time with great memories of dressing up, my sister fixing my hair, and lots of candy!

I heard my first sermon on the subject while living in Charleston. Our children have not participated in trick or treating, but we often use that night as an opportunity to pass out tracks.

On a side note, I'm not sure if it is just the increased wickedness in the world today, or if it is a "northern thing", but people in Ohio seem to decorate their homes and yards at halloween as if it were Christmas! I was shocked this year to see older teens/young adults dressed up as muslim terrorists...complete with fake knives in hand!

busymomof10 said...

Oh Rebecca! That is so Shocking!!! I can't believe people would dress up as Muslim Terrorists -- as if it is a Joke!

People in our area "go all out" too decorating for Halloween, complete with orange lights on their houses and elaborately decorated yards. It is sad to me.

Of course, as Obama has so vividly reminded us, we no longer live in a Christian nation, and really shouldn't be surprised. Did you hear him say that there would be No Religious Decorations at the White House this Christmas? Oh Lord, have mercy on our nation!!!!!!!!

kristilea said...

I still remember the time when my husband and I sat down and talked about how we were going to handle Halloween when our first son was 2 years old. We both grew up fully participating, not knowing any better. We decided that since he wasn't old enough, we wouldn't worry about it till he was in school. Then, we homeschooled him, so we didn't worry about it either. As he grew older, and we grew wiser, we began having strong convictions about the Holiday, and now we are able to explain to our 4 children what it is about and why we do not celebrate it. For me, it's not even about the history, although I think it's good to learn about it. For me, it simply boils down to the fact that it does glorify Satan and evil, and not God. Everything in our lives should glorify our Father in Heaven and him alone. That's about all we tell them. We answer questions when they have them, but we try not to say too much about it and make it a big deal. I don't want it to become something they find theirselves drawn to and obsessed with. You know how when you put a sign up that says "stay off the grass", many kids are drawn to the sign and walk on the grass, where as if you wouldn't have drawn there attention to it by putting out the sign, they probably would have just walked right by?! That's how I feel about Halloween. Most all their friends don't celebrate it either and that really helps. They are willing to stand up well to extended family who celebrate it, and a friend or two here and there. I'm proud of my children for their understanding and willingness to avoid what has become such a huge Holiday for the glory of the Lord!

I hate Halloween from the depths of my soul and I dred it every year. We don't even hand out tracks...we choose not to participate in any way. If you let people come to your door to hand them a track, you are still being a part of the Holiday, your kids can see the evil costumes of the other children, and it becomes a part of their lives every year. We usually try to go out of town that night (this year we went camping) or to a friends house who does not live in a high traffic neigborhood where our kids can just play and do normal things to keep them unaware of what's going on outside. I sigh a huge relief when I see all those discusting costumes and decorations leave the retail stores! On to some wonderful Christian Holidays!

Neide Colson said...

I was shocked when I went to America back in 1989. We were singing at a Bible College in Texas on October 31st. That night, during supper time, they dimmed the lights of the cafeteria and played spooky music. It was very shocking to us, Brazilians, who already knew a little about spiritual warfare.
Then, when we lived in Wisconsin we were able to teach our church about the spiritual realities and they, little by little, changed their ways. PTL!
I am, in shock, though, hearing about Obama's view and action on spiritual issues! This president is going too far. We shall keep in praying for him and for America!
Here in Brazil, they are copying a lot of the "Halloween" stuff. It is awful and I despise it! Please, pray for Brazil also???

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