Halloween, the one day our culture celebrates Death, and the Christian

I don’t know why this Halloween I have been finding all these great articles and really giving this subject a lot of thought.  Halloween is obviously a sensitive topic to many, and I have had my struggles of going back and forth over the years as to whether to engage in it or not.  I really didn’t when I was single, but I have to admit, once I had kids, those little eyes that would plea for candy and to be able to dress up drove me and my hubby to our church fall festival.

I came across some really good articles on Desiring God about Halloween.  They are prolific writers over there and they are Biblical and I highly recommend them.  They will give much better thought out written ideas than me, because I have less time and experience.

Here are a couple….

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/take-halloween-captive

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/god-frankensteins-and-more

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/sent-into-the-harvest-halloween-on-mission

But my main thoughts this morning (that i have so little time to share because my littles will all be clamoring soon )is some passages in my devotions this morning that seemed so relevant to me.

Halloween is the one day that our culture will actually look at death.  This may be an oversimplification and I am sure we can find ways to argue that statement, but can we just say in a general sense, and usually we don’t deal with death as a culture unless someone dies. So Halloween is  a day that death is actually acknowledged in our culture.

There are obviously pagan and Satanic celebrations during Halloween, but there are also other people who celebrate it as “all saints day”.

My thoughts are that maybe we as Christians could remember the history of those faithful witnesses and saints and martyrs who have gone ahead of us.  I also think (and this is more important) that we could share the great hope that we have as Christians in the face of death.  This is our greatest story, that Jesus came and conquered death, and as a result, we who believe and follow Him, have the great hope of heaven.

I love the Christian concept of redemption, how what was meant for evil, God can use for good.  I see this as being so on Halloween.

Here were some of Scriptures that really blessed me this morning and that seemed so very relevant.  Let them sink into and nourish your soul.

Hebrews 2:14b-15 “For only as a human being could he (Jesus) die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death.  Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.” 

Psalm 103: 13-17a

“The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. For he knows how weak we are, he remembers we are only dust. Our days on earth are like grass, like wildflowers, we bloom and die.  The winds blows, and we are gone- as though we had never been here.  But the love of the Lord remains forever, with those who fear him.”   (Our eternal hope)

A couple thoughts… if your kids are begging for a video today at some point and you have Amazon Prime, why don’t you let them watch some Torchlighter videos, which highlight true Christian stories of those who have gone before us.

Or, if you have any other books or videos on Christian characters.  There are so many different options.  I haven’t done a you tube search, but you would think that there would be a few.

Of course Bible stories and Bible videos are always good, and just a good story or video or reminder of Jesus’ death and RESURRECTION and conquering power over death.

We have such a great hope on Halloween.  The enemy is already defeated.  We just have to shine the light into the darkness.

Have a blessed day my friends. ❤

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