Saturday, October 30, 2010

Woe Unto He Who Eats Candy on Halloween

Tomorrow most people around America will send their children out in disguise to trick their neighbors into lavishing them with free candy.  Yes, it is Halloween.  A day of much controversy among Christians. Some believe it is no problem at all and others believe that the day is the celebration of evil and participating in any activities of that day is just about Satan worship.  Then there are others who may believe that while Halloween is bad the celebrations aren't and so they will have a "Harvest" party on or around Halloween with many of the same activities but just calling it something else.  So which one is right?  The answer (I believe) is whatever you are convicted of it to be.  In other words, Halloween is like food sacrificed to idols and is a matter of personal conviction on how you partake.
One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks. Romans 14:5-6 NKJV
I believe this passage can apply just as much to days like Halloween as it does anywhere else.  The one caveat is that you do celebrate the day unto the Lord and in accordance to His Word.  For example, it may be fine for you to go to a Halloween party, but do not go and get drunk or dress immodestly.   Also, if you do dress in a costume, pick something that is celebrates the light not the darkness that some celebrate that day. Above all, do not do more than pagans do to keep the original meaning alive.  I have to be honest, I did not know that Halloween had anything more to do with candy and costumes until after I became a Christian. If you are a parent, I want to assure you that dressing your child as a bunny to get some free candy from a neighbor is in no way celebrating Satan.

So act in whatever way the Lord convicts you tomorrow.  If you celebrate then give out the biggest and best candy dressed in your best costume and have a wonderful day unto the Lord.  If you do not wish to participate, please still give some candy out.  Use it as an opportunity to share the love of Jesus as there is never a wrong time to share His love.  So to those who think that even if you change the name and meaning it is still wrong to celebrate a traditionally pagan holiday, I say "Merry Christmas."  And to those who think it is wrong to celebrate the day even unto the Lord and still keep its pagan name, I say "Happy Easter."

God bless you all and whatever you do tomorrow, do it unto the Lord.   
Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin. Romans 14:22-23 NKJV

2 comments:

  1. Very 'fair and balanced' and 'middle of the road' commentary coming from you, Ben. We don't celebrate Halloween but do enjoy Harvest Celebrations with our church family. Your take on the whole issue of Halloween for believers strikes me as being spot on.

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  2. For me this year, I felt convicted to say it's *not* ok to celebrate Halloween. Past years I've felt the way you wrote, Ben. But this year the Lord was showing me that if our family celebrated by dressing up we are sort of doing what the world does.

    This basically sums up my convictions this year: http://tinyurl.com/2bkv4o9

    Rob and I based devotions on the suggestions above this week.

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