It's that time of the year, when many families around the world and families in our church, and groups start decorating and planning for Halloween.They start planning on what their kids will wear, what they will be this year. etc....
This; sometimes has been a touchy subject for me when discussing it with my friends. Why? Because I am very passionate when it comes to Halloween. And sometimes my conviction is much stronger than other believers, and I don't know how to best share with them. And who isn't afraid of rejection? Or the fear that you friends think you are judging them? Yikes! (which I am NOT, I am praying for the Lord to reveal his word regarding Halloween to them for THEIR family)
Halloween is not celebrated in our home.
In our home; we do not believe as christians we should celebrate or participate in this holiday. AT ALL.
Several verses come to mind when I begin to share my heart with others,
3 John 1:11 ("do not imitate what is evil")
1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 ("Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.")
Ephesians 5:11-12 ("Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness" / "live as children of light")
2 Corinthians 6:14-17 ("what fellowship can light have with darkness?")
Philippians 4:8 (think about pure, lovely, noble things)
Deuteronomy 18:9-14 (do not learn to imitate detestable ways, including spiritists, sorcerers and witchcraft)
My children have always been very sensitive to any kind of evil. From their begining we have taught them " Above all else guard your hearts, for it is the wellspring of life." Proverbs 4:23. This means that when we walk into the comissary , they shield their eyes, and they say "Mommy, I am guarding my heart..." when they see the witches and goblins hanging in the entry way to the store. When they are watching a show or a preview comes on, and I am not there, they still choose to shield their little hearts again, and again. They are taught that evil is all around us, and that God is bigger than anything, and we are protected from it all through Jesus. But that we should "Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil."1 Thessalonians 5:21-22
My children are only 4 and 6. They are still very young. So we do not go into great detail on the evil that lurks in movies, books etc... as they grow we will discuss it more.
There are a few articles written on this subject explaining why Christians shouldn't participate in Halloween I have included them in here should you like to read more.
Christian Answers.Net has one here Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?
There is also a great DVD called Halloween Trick or Treat (if you want to borrow it local gals, it's a great show! NOT for kids) This video features Chuck Smith, researcher Caryl Matrisciana and Hal Lindsey, as well as a number of Witches, Satanists and law enforcement officials.
And finally, I wanted to share a great book on explaining to our children Why we don't celebrate Halloween.
Mommy, why don't we celebrate halloween? by Linda Hacon Winwood
Children ask the toughest questions! As a parent, you want to give them the best answers. This amazing children's book will help dedicated parents answer tough questions simply, biblically, and lovingly. Christ- centered and sensitively written, this book will help satisfy the curiosity of even the most inquisitive children.
October 31st is the day our LORD, has made. It is His beauty and light that we celebrate!