It surprises me every year – the amount of Christians who involve themselves in Halloween, dressing their kids up in costumes etc. When Compassion had its own website for sponsors, I asked one of them why she did it. She wrote back with a link to an article by someone I’d never heard of, which I found sad because I was genuinely interested in her thoughts – not somebody else’s. I don’t want to let some article by someone somewhere justify my actions; only the Word of God. I’ll be honest and admit I was brought-up in a home where we did go out trick-or-treating our neighbours and grandparents, but I think this was probably done in ignorance. The only parts of the Bible we read as a family were the famous stories – Adam and Eve, Noah … We certainly didn’t study or consider it when living the rest of our lives.

As a Christian though, I became more interested in how God wanted me to live. The first year, I went to a Halloween party. I thought as long as I didn’t actually do anything evil, it would be all right. I didn’t know this verse: “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them” (Ephesians 5:11). By going to a Halloween party, I was involving myself in that celebration, whereas God says have nothing to do with it.

Galatians 5:19-20: “The wrong things the sinful self does are clear: Committing sexual sin, being morally bad, doing all kinds of shameful things, worshiping false gods, taking part in witchcraft” … This is why I can’t understand people going round dressed as wizards and witches, as if God’s ok with that.

I would avoid a murder mystery night for the same reason. If we really are made to glorify God in whatever we do, then why have fun celebrating things that He (a holy God) can’t even look at? The idea of murder hadn’t entered anyone’s minds before Adam and Eve did wrong. Their son committed the first murder, and that wasn’t something to be celebrated. He had to leave God’s presence and live in the land of Nod – a Hebrew word that means ‘Wandering’ (Genesis 4:13-16). Can you imagine wandering aimlessly on the earth, knowing your home was with God but you squandered that by killing your brother?

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8). What about a praise party? If we believe in Jesus, we’ve been freed from the power of darkness, so let’s do as Peter suggests: “Declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).

5 thoughts on “Darkness

  1. Oh yes!! Halloween is one of my pet peeves. Every year I squirm at the sight of all that scary – fear – stuff teaching our kids that scary is fun. It’s fear and it’s not fun and it’s certainly not from the Lord! Amen. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Fear’s not fun and it’s not from the Lord. I couldn’t have said that better! Thanks for taking the time to comment. It’s good to know other people feel this way. Because I can’t stand Halloween or Bonfire Night, I look forward to Christmas extra-early. 🙂

  2. I always appreciate your perspective, Sarah! I grew up in a Christian home and we always went trick-or-treating, so I didn’t know the issues that people had with it until I grew older. I prayed a lot for wisdom on this matter when we started having children and what Dave and I decided is that in a culture that is often so closed to getting to know neighbors, Halloween is the one time of year where we can go up to neighbor’s doors and introduce ourselves without it being weird! We celebrate creativity of costumes, but not the evil. Our kids KNOW this. In all situations, we have to weigh our choices and seek to share truth in the way that God leads us to do so. This requires so much wisdom and I pray often that God would show us if he wants us to do things differently.

    • I appreciate you too, and that sounds so wise – teaching your kids not to celebrate the evil. I also love your humility; I hope I do the same – always pray to God about the way I’m living my life.

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