Friday, October 24, 2008

Yes, What Is A Reasonable Conclusion?

During my evening journey through the series of tubes I happened upon this Christian Broadcasting Network article asking the question, Should Christians celebrate Halloween?

Halloween is a real, sacred day for those who follow Wicca. In fact, it is one of two high and holy days for them. The Celtic belief of spirits being released is current, along with the worship of Samhain (the lord of death) – both are promoted as something to embrace on that day. There is no question in my mind that to those who believe and follow the practices of witchcraft, Halloween represents an opportunity to embrace the evil, devilish, dark side of the spiritual world.

So after discovering this, what is a reasonable conclusion? As Christians you and I are placed in this world to be a light in a world of darkness. There is no lasting benefit to ignore a holiday that exists around us, but it also does harm to celebrate Halloween as it has originated and grown over the centuries.

My suggestion? Christians should be teaching their children (age appropriately) that:

* there is a spiritual world filled with goodness from God and evil from Satan (Eph. 2:1-10);
* life with Christ has power over darkness (I John 4:4); and
* those who celebrate Halloween either are unaware of its roots, or are intentionally promoting a world where evil is lauded and viewed as an ultimate power.

My concern here is that the author is missing the entire point of Halloween which is to make money. Stores sell costumes, decorations and candy. Kids running from house to house are only thinking about how much candy they're going to get. Nobody is "celebrating" anything but it is an excuse to have a fun time. In a black and white world you are either a light in a world of darkness or you are a part of that darkness and must be overcome.

Me, I choose to live in a world of vibrant colors and the inherent goodness of people. Lighten up, CBN, and try the kitty litter cake.

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