Approximately 25% of all the candy sold annually in the U.S. is purchased for Halloween, leading some to comment that “the Halloween we see most commonly practiced today is a dance between commercialism and evil.”
You can find a decent background and history on this holiday at History.com, but that isn’t really my focus here, instead my goal is to ask how Christians should engage this holiday as holy in Christ.
AN UNHALLOWED EVE
There are ways that Christians can encounter and engage the culture of Halloween that is pure and there are ways that Christians can encounter and engage the culture of Halloween that compromises our holiness and entangles us in sin.
Recall how many times Israel incurred the wrath of God because she abandoned her holiness and adopted the wicked customs of the world around her, yet many Christians ignore this warning by abandoning their Christ-distinctiveness each year to array themselves in costumes of violence, death, sorcery, adultery, and debauchery while enjoying parties that celebrate death and fear rather than the celebration of life and light that Christians are called to.
What people celebrate on Halloween is often about darkness, death, sorcery, fear, and idolatry.
Whereas the gospel is about light, life, the resurrection, love, and worship in the communion of the Spirit.
Halloween can desensitize us to tbe kinds of things that appeals to our carnal cravings for the things of darkness, therefore, we must be careful how we encounter and engage the culture of Halloween to make sure we are not desensitizing ourselves to sin:
Galatians 6:7-8 (NKJV) Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
The fantasies we indulge in Halloween become part of who we are as Christians, whether or not we care to admit it; we all have to ask what we are sowing to by the way we live our life, even on Halloween.
Philippians 1:27 (NKJV) Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel
Christians are redeemed from sin and death so that we can live a life of righteousness in Christ. So, the first question we should all ask ourselves is “how can I live worthy of Christ on Halloween?”
The answers we give to this question may be as diverse as the people who give them, but be certain that Scripture does inform us about how we should answer this question.
Guard Your Mind
Philippians 4:8 (NKJV) Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Whatever captivates your throughts will eventually captivate your heart; what are you thinking on this Halloween?
Test and Abstain
1st Thessalonians 5:21-22 (NKJV) Test all things; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.
Test all things before you hold onto it, and abstain from every form of evil; did you test Halloween before you began holding onto it?
These are some thoughts to help you live hallowed on an unhallowed eve.