I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O LORD, I will sing praise.
I will be careful to lead a blameless life—
when will you come to me?
I will walk in my house
with blameless heart.
I will set before my eyes
no vile thing.
The deeds of faithless men I hate;
they will not cling to me.
Men of perverse heart shall be far from me;
I will have nothing to do with evil.
I have no concerns about Christians participating in Halloween. All Hallows Eve is a historic event, and should be taught as such. While much of the historic meaning has been lost in the consumerism of today, the parent’s should not be afraid to teach the history, the why and what if you will, of the event.
Halloween is sick. The devil has more than good opportunity to get through to people. Just look at some of the decorations that people have up in their yards. It’s also pretty tacky looking! That’s what I think!!–Reader Kaitlin
I do not believe that it is necessarily wrong for Christians to participate in Halloween. Yes, there are negative origins, and yes some people do take it too far. But Jesus commands us to be in the world but not of it. To me, distancing ourselves from a holiday that demonstrates that people need God even more is not a good idea. We hand out candy to kids, and while we do not go out ourselves, due to the large number of children in our house, we do attend our church’s harvest party. But Halloween, as a current holiday, is not seen as demonic or satanic to the majority of the people who celebrate it. We need to use this holiday as an example of what God’s love means…no death, no pain, no suffering in heaven, but in Hell…
Again, we should not be distancing ourselves from a society that needs us more than ever.–Reader Justin
The real danger for the majority of people in the world is not that they are going to turn into human sacrificing Satanists, but into apathetic followers of whatever comes along, believing it to be harmless. That is what I think Satan delights in, deceiving people into thinking that everything is okay.–Reader Andrew
Tim, just because people put up scary decorations does not mean that they know what those decorations represent. I would be willing to bet that in a converstation with the majority of the population, you would not hear the word Demon or Satan come out once. Most people simply do not realize that what they are putting up is related to that sort of thing. Some Christians do not even realize it. The point that most of them do not realize what they are celebrating makes it even more important that we stay involved and participate, just do it with the purpose of glorifying God and spreading His word.
Atheist participate in Christmas, what’s the difference?
Halloween: images of ghosts, goblins, blood, gore, pumpkins, leaves, and skeletons flash through my mind (and that sick sumo wrestler costume from last year that needs to be banned.)
My thoughts on Halloween have changed somewhat over the years. I’ve participated before. I’ve dressed up like a cowboy, and even as a pirate. I have memories of smacking the unfortunate “monster” who tried to make me scream “mommy” when he jumped me from behind with my sword. The memories of that lunatic with the chainsaw chasing the neighborhood kids down the street. And of course, talking to skeletons and deciding whether or not to grab some candy underneath a guillotine.
I’ve done it all, and looking back, I really don’t like it. I mean, really, there is no good message in the Halloween that our culture celebrates. It’s the devils “big day” in a way. His day to make evil look good with “fun” and lots of candy. (But then again, every day is his day…)
I’ve been wondering about Christians participating in Halloween. We’ve had some really good discussion about it here. But I still struggle somewhat. Is it left up to the Christian to decide for himself or is it wrong to take part? Or can we “compromise” and just pass out candy? Or skip it altogether and take part in an alternative?
“Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.” (1 Thes. 5:22)
I don’t see good in what our culture celebrates. Maybe we’re seeing the bigger picture that some don’t see, but the celebration of evil and death is there, whether our culture knows it or not.
I would reccomend not taking part, as in dressing up. We usually just pass out candy, and tracts.
“But it’s harmless!” Maybe. But more than likely it’s not. I like one of the above commenters who said “The real danger for the majority of people in the world is not that they are going to turn into human sacrificing Satanists, but into apathetic followers of whatever comes along, believing it to be harmless. That is what I think Satan delights in, deceiving people into thinking that everything is okay.”
But we’re not living during the time when Halloween was All Saints Day. Perhaps you should be sharing the gospel? Or passing out tracts?
Where will I be on Halloween? A Bible study. But where will you be? Where should you be?
I think it’s up to you and God. The best thing to do is pray and really seek God’s will on this matter.