Monday, October 31, 2011

On this Night

“… you are a chosen race,
a royal priesthood,
a holy nation,
a people for God’s own possession,
so that you may proclaim the excellence
 of Him who has called you
 out of darkness into His marvelous light;
for you once were not a people,
but now you are the people of God;
you had not received mercy,
but now you have received mercy.

Beloved, I urge you
 as aliens and strangers
 to abstain from fleshly lusts
 which wage war
against the soul.
Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles,
 so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers,
 they may because of your good deeds,
 as they observe them,
glorify God...”
2 Peter 2:9-12

Because tonight is a school night, the trick-or-treaters did their yearly trek through town on Saturday night this year.  The younger kids in my family watched an old Walt Disney film that night, enjoying the time together.  The older kids hung out in the living room, talking and viewing yet another episode of an older TV show.  It was a fun night... nothing out of the ordinary.
Other years we've celebrated Reformation Day.  We've also gotten together with friends to hang out, have a movie night, and give out candy and tracts.  I've been part of "game days" put on at a church in the past that allowed kids to dress up and play games together... but, usually, my family treats October 31st just like any other day.

I don't like Halloween.  I'm not going to do a long post about why I don't take part in it, but I will share a couple simple reasons why my family doesn't celebrate it and also some fun ideas for what people who DON'T celebrate Halloween can do this time of year!
1)  Halloween has absolutely NO benefit for a Christian and isn't tied to Christianity in any way these days!  It is very much tied to the occult.
2)  The themes of death, demons, witches, etc... is contrary to everything Christians need to be focusing on.  We're told in the Scriptures to keep away from such things.
3)  Even though some good Christian people celebrate Halloween, I just don't feel confortable spiritually with participating in a holiday that is so dark; it is brimming with frightening images, pranks, and isn't God-honoring.
4)  Honestly, I just have better things to do with my time. 

Instead, why not have a cookout and hayride at someone's house if you have friends who live out in the country?  Why not have a bonfire with your church family?  If you want the opportunity to dress up and get candy, why not choose a Saturday or Sunday afternoon to have a Harvest Party with games, fellowship, and food?  Or you could simply hang out with family or friends and have a night of music, movies, games... you choose!  Maybe take time to research Reformation Day and make a skit out of it (there's a chance to dress up right there!).

Don't all of those options sound a lot more appealing than "Boo!"?

If you'd like to read a more detailed post about Halloween, Ashley did an excellent post recently on the subject.  God bless!


Natasha Atkerson said...

Your not alone, my family doesn't celebrate Halloween either. Just so you know (I'm not being a heckler here) Halloween actually has Christian roots, obviously this isn't true now. Just thought I'd let you know. It's now turned into a creepy yucky holiday for real 'withches' and Satan can have a hay-day. Natasha
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Ashley@ Stay-At-Home Daughter said...

Awwww.... thanks for sharing my link, girl! :-)

Megan and Abby said...

I totally agree, Rachel. Before I was born, I guess the three oldest (who were little kids at the time) participated in the trick-or-treats. But I know we never did the evil witch-whatever stuff. But on one night something bad happened and we stopped and turned out the lights so no one would think we were home. :)
This year, we only handed out candy to whichever neighborhood kids came to our house. It was pretty fun. That's the fun part about it.
But yes, it would be a much better idea to have a church fellowship get-together instead. I wish that people didn't have to tag on the Satanic garbage to a time that could be fun and innocent for kids.
It used to be called "All Hallow's Eve", which refers to the saints. Why did they have to change it to "Boo!" ?

Good post. -Abby