Halloween is right around the corner and I thought about republishing a post I did last year about this popular holiday but I decided to take a different approach to this.
I recently read a story online (and for the life of me I can’t remember where) where a pastor was extolling the virtues of participating in Halloween and that all Christians should do it. He took the approach that this is a good time for us to engage with others and to preach the gospel to them. Or give out candy with Bible verses on them or put tracts in the kid’s bags with the candy.
As Christians, should we participate in this holiday event? I personally don’t celebrate and here’s why:
Last year I wrote a blog about the origins of Halloween. You can read that here.
We are instructed to be in the world but not of the world. Does this mean we shouldn’t participate in certain holiday traditions because they are worldly celebrations?
I’ve struggled with this very same question. Christmas and Halloween both have pagan roots but Halloween is overtly pagan. I do realize that Jesus was not born on December 25th but in my house, we take this time and season to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Halloween is a whole other ball of wax.
There is nothing in Halloween that could be considered Christian. It is strictly a pagan holiday and I detailed some of this in my earlier post. We are to stay away from anything that celebrates evil. Paul wrote about this in the book of Ephesians:
“Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord; walk as children of the light; (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;). And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” Ephesians 5:7-9,11
The pastor in the above mentioned story said that some are misinterpreting scripture. There’s no mistaking Paul’s intent when he wrote this. It’s pretty clear to me and it should be pretty clear to anyone with discernment.
Halloween is also one of the holiest nights on the pagan calendar. The hardcore Satanists will cast spells, summon demons, and even perform human sacrifices.
If you do decide to allow your children to go house to house on Halloween, please keep a close eye on them and don’t let them out of your sight.