It’s called Halloween, with spooks and goblins and little urchins running about filching candy from first this neighbor and then another. However, candy is not the only reason this holiday is so popular, and it’s frightening.
Americans have developed an unsavory appetite for fright, gore and shock. You see the evidence of it in movies, music, and “extreme sports,” and, on October 31st, ‘tis the season to be fearful. Without appearing to rail unjustifiably about the “celebration” of Halloween, allow me to offer the following observations.
Christians are involved in a spiritual warfare. In this fight, there is no room for the rampant physical violence, crude vulgarity or overt licentiousness that our society seems to find so fascinating. Ours is a ministry of peace, love and the Good News that is able to save souls. Does it not seem more than coincidental that during Halloween, gore, violence and all manner of unchristian behavior is popularized and glamorized by the entertainment industry? So, what do we say in the unassuming “participation” in traditions associated with Halloween? In our influence on the non-believer, is tacit approval of sins that range from witchcraft to emulations being given (Galatians 5:19-21)? Now, that’s scary.
If our mind is thinking on things true, honest, just, pure and lovely (Philippians 4:8), it is doubtful that “celebrating” anything Halloween will even enter the Christian’s mind. We are, after all, “not of this world” (John 18:36).