If you’ve read this blog for a while or if you know me well, you know I have strong feelings about Halloween. And they are not the typical Evangelical Christian “Turn the lights off and pretend we’re not home because it’s the devil’s holiday!!” kind of feelings. I just think that’s silly. Who says the devil gets to have this day? Because he tries to claim it? Well, he tries to claim our lives too, and God’s glory and this world. But he doesn’t get them because he is powerless. He is a farce. He is a defeated foe who is just flailing around trying to get a foothold before he falls into the abyss permanently. Why give him the recognition of fearing a day that is not his to begin with?
I have heard all the Christian fears about this day and I think they are driven by fear and not scripturally sound. (I am not in any way here referring to people who avoid this day because of past experiences with the occult. That is real and probably very good judgment.) God, the creator of the world and everything in it, is Lord of this day as well. And, it is my belief, that he delights in the imagination and creativity of my children when they don a costume and pretend to be a princess or a pirate or a furry red muppet with googly eyes. Their joy, their laughter and their freedom give his heart great joy.
We do not need to surrender the joy of this day to Satan and allow him to have free reign when God so clearly can celebrate it with us. What do we gain by turning off our lights, not allowing our kids to dress us and making our neighbors feel unwelcome? We are, in effect, saying that we think God can redeem and participate in most parts of life, but not this one. We are saying that we do not actually believe that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Rom. 8:28) We are giving Satan authority over this day – authority he does not deserve or possess.
There is an article on the Christianity Today website by Anderson M. Rearick III about Hallowing Halloween. In it he states,
“I am reluctant to give up what was one of the highlights of my childhood calendar to the Great Impostor and Chief of Liars for no reason except that some of his servants claim it as his.”
Satan, the Chief of Liars, would love for us to bow to his fake authority today. To give this day over to him. But I will not. This day, like yesterday and tomorrow, belongs to the King of Kings, the Creator of the universe, the Most Holy God. And no one will take it from him.
So I encourage you to spend this day glorifying your Creator by celebrating the imagination and wonder he has filled this world with. Let your children laugh. Welcome your neighbors with treats. Meet the community around you at your door and get to know their names (a hard thing to do in this day and age), for tonight they are coming to your door! This is our chance to LOVE OUR NEIGHBORS!!!!! Do not let Satan’s desperate and futile attempts to cling to this day derail you from the hospitality and warmth that create community, build relationships and allow the neighbors around you to see Christ in your life.
C.S. Lewis quotes Martin Luther at the beginning of The Screwtape Letters saying,
“The best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn.”
Today, as he loses his grip on All Hallows Eve, let us scorn him by celebrating with the One True God. Let us mock him by laughing joyfully with our children. Let us jeer by showering the love of Christ on our neighbors. This day is not Satan’s. It is God’s.
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