Ugh. I hate that facebook has the ability to ruin my day. It seems that at least once a week, somebody posts some warning or story or update or call-to-ban-something-else that ends up in my news feed that lacks critical thinking and common sense. The interior argument gets stuck in my head and I have a hard time functioning the rest of the day because I’m so irritated with the absurdity. Here’s my attempt at exorcising my “demons of frustration”.
Halloween: opportunity to celebrate and encourage community, fellowship, dressing up, make believe, playing silly games, free candy, joyful childhood? Or too literally dancing with the devil?
Let’s see, if we’re truly worried about the taint of its roots in pagan rituals and celebrations, than you need to get rid of Christmas and Easter, too. And Valentine’s Day. And you better not be teaching your kids to say “God Bless You” when somebody sneezes. Because that’s basically practicing voodoo by trying to ward off the demons and spirits that are out to get you and have an opening when you sneeze.
If you’re trying to get your message out to people who don’t share your belief system, you sound like a kook and you’re not convincing anybody. There. I said it. You want some truth? There it is. We’re talking about candy, costumes, games and visiting your neighbors’ for Pete’s sake! Nobody cares or even knows about the pagan symbolism of traditional Halloween decorations until you start talking about it. It was all about fun until you started trying to make it scary.
And while we’re on the topic of fear: let me suggest that getting yourself (and trying to get others) into all a tizzy about all this could very well be an indication of weakness of faith. If nothing else, it’s coming from a position of fear. You’re giving Satan and his minions way more credit than he’s due and not exhibiting a belief that God is bigger and stronger than anything the bad guy’s got. Consider:
1 John 4:16-18
16And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 17In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
No fear in love. Perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. If you’re afraid of the devil and ghouls and ghosts and witches, you’re not trusting that God can protect you and your kids (who just want candy). If you’re afraid God’s not going to be happy that dressed your kid up and went out and talked to your neighbors and got your kids free candy and/or welcomed little neighbor kids into your home and put a smile on their faces with treats, then not only are you just being loony, you’re fearing punishment. “The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
Finally, consider as well: Romans 12:21 “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Which scenario sounds more like overcoming evil with good?:
-Dressing up, eating candy, playing make believe, laughing at spooky decorations or costumes that startle us, ringing the doorbell of a neighbor and taking “trick or treat” as an opportunity to introduce yourself, extend a hand of friendship, build community, take opportunity that happens once a year when people expect and welcome the doorbell ringing and strangers smiling at their door…
-Researching all the pagan symbolism of traditional Halloween decorations and customs, telling friends, neighbors, (facebook), to watch out for the devil and explaining all the symbolism they didn’t know or care, turning off your porch light and prohibiting your kids from costumes and trick or treating because of demonic forces they’ll be” implicitly celebrating”…
Now that we have that settled, we need to focus our efforts on burning all the books about that Satan worshipping 4-eyed spawn of hell warlock, Harry Potter….