In case you haven’t noticed the plethora of candy and costumes taking over local stores, Halloween is right around the corner.
Yes, the holiday greatly anticipated by kids and candy companies alike.
But for followers of Christ, it represents one of the most divisive days of the year.
Can Christians redeem Halloween for God’s glory?
Many Christians simply do not take part in the day’s festivities due to its historical roots in paganism and the occult.
Still, there are many believers who will dress up and take their children “trick or treating.”
One side may exclaim, “Don’t do anything on that demonic holiday!” While others may say, “It’s a harmless way to connect with the community.”
At Christian Life Daily, fostering unity is one of our core values and therefore we will not take sides in this age-old debate.
Instead, however, we will explore what it might look like to redeem Halloween for God’s glory.
Although it is contrary to popular belief, it is possible for followers of Christ on both sides of the debate to have a sound conscience on this last day of October.
But either way, if our interest is to redeem Halloween, we must first start by being biblically focused and understanding that our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who do not partake in the festivities have a personal conviction not to do so. And that is OK.
Followers of Christ around the world have multiple convictions depending on the individual, and Paul addresses this very issue in his letter to the Romans when discussing the subject of dietary restrictions.
“One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him.” (Romans 14:2-3 ESV)
Therefore, where one Christian may completely abstain from the holiday of Halloween, another may not have that same conviction. Paul urges us to not pass judgement on those who do not share the same personal convictions as we do.
Convictions should never be treated like doctrine.
However, someone’s personal conviction to not go out this fall night should be taken seriously and be respected.
Although some in the world do celebrate the darkness of the 31st, we can be confident that the light of Christ shines brightest in the midst of spiritual depravity.
Matthew 5:16 says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
One way you might shine that light is by taking advantage of the holiday and have intentional conversations with your neighbors.
This night can open up doors (literally and figuratively) to get to know new people in your community, build a foundation for a new friendship, and begin sowing the seed of the good news of the Gospel.
Whether it opens doors with your next door neighbors or with your wider community, it provides the chance to build connections through intentionality that will outlast the evening.
Many churches even have “Trunk or Treat” events where they invite many people from the community to have a safe place to bring their kids for the celebrations.
These “Trunk or Treat” events bring in many lost souls in desperate need of hearing the Gospel.
Although the night of Halloween is all but a few hours, the light of Christ shines for all eternity.
Shine your light by displaying the fearlessness we have in Christ.
Where most days you have to be mobile in the Gospel mission of seeking the lost, on the evening of October 31st, those who need the love of Jesus in their lives will come knocking at your front door!
Take advantage of this opportunity a let generosity be a staple of your household.
2 Corinthians 2:11 says, “You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.”
Be generous givers to all who come to your residence. This may simply mean giving out candy. It could also mean offering food, hot apple cider, and other treats to your neighbors.
Let your light shine by being generous and kind when giving those much sought-after sweets while being prayerful that the recipients will come to know how sweet a life in Christ is – and that they would ultimately “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 38:4A).
Pastor David Mathis of Cities Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota charges believers when he says, “Halloween is not too haunted for true saints. This is no night for God’s holy ones to run and hide, but rise up and revel in the power of our sovereign Christ. This is not the devil’s day, but ours. No concessions, no treaties, no retreat. No call to fear, but an invitation to feast.”
With a commitment to missions, we can confidently say that October 31st is not the enemy’s day.
The fact of the matter is that we are engaged in a spiritual war (Eph 6:12). As we march onward into the evening of October 31st, we must fully shine our lights by being intentional with others, fearless in our approach to life, and generous in our giving.
So, can Halloween be redeemed?
Yes – but only when the army of the redeemed takes missional action fueled by biblical principles and with the love we have received in Christ.
Don’t waste your Halloween!
(h/t Christian Life Daily)