I’m not freaked out about Halloween, but I have mixed feelings.
I don’t think it’s the great evil of our time, but neither is it entirely a wholesome family holiday.
Some of Halloween I like, some I don’t. Here’s my list.
- I LIKE candy.
- I DISLIKE dressing kids up in ghoulish costumes.
- I LIKE that it promotes a shared family experience.
- I DISLIKE the sexy costumes that are promoted to girls.
- I LIKE the cute costumes (bugs, angels, princess, super heroes, etc.)
- I DISLIKE the idea of promoting fear.
- I LIKE the autumn season.
- I DISLIKE the gory movies flowing through the TV channels.
- I LIKE pumpkins.
Most of all I dislike what Halloween celebrates.
It celebrates the very thing Jesus came to defeat…death.
Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus. Easter celebrates His resurrection.
Thanksgiving celebrates God’s provision. July 4th celebrates the birth of America.
Memorial Day celebrates the memory of significant people. Valentines Day celebrates love.
Halloween celebrates death.
That’s why you see images galore of skeleton’s, chopped up body parts, blood, coffins, grim reaper, etc. etc. etc.
I’m not convinced death is something that deserves to be exalted.
For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is DEATH. (1 Corinthians 15:25,26 ESV)
so that as sin reigned in DEATH, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal LIFE through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5:21 NKJV)
Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through DEATH he might destroy the one who has the power of DEATH, that is, the devil (Hebrews 2:14 ESV)
The thief comes only to steal and KILL and destroy. I came that they may have LIFE and have it abundantly. (John 10:10 ESV)
I don’t hate Halloween.
I’m just not energized about celebrating something Jesus came to defeat.