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Should Christians Celebrate Halloween? – Matthew 5:14-16

Should Christians Celebrate Halloween? Matthew 5:14-16

This time of year, Christian circles are a buzz with one thing…

Should Christians celebrate Halloween?

This question seems to come from the uncertainty of what this holiday actually is, and what it means to those who celebrate it.

For some people, it’s a dark and mysterious day filled with ancient pagan rituals.

For others it’s just a day of harmless fun for the kids, playing dress-up, pumpkin carving, and trick-or-treating for candy.

The church as a whole remains divided on the issue. Some churches choose to celebrate fall or harvest giving the neighborhood children a safe place to spend Halloween. While others don’t celebrate this holiday and choose to ignore it altogether.

Either way, there is a lot of passion on both sides over what is right or wrong in the eyes of God.

Since Halloween is a secular holiday, it’s best to take it with a grain of salt and not lose sight of what really matters.

When we find ourselves at odds as the body of Christ, the wise choice is always to turn to the Bible for guidance and understanding.

Let’s look at some Bible verses that will shine a light on the pressing question… Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

Halloween and Jesus

 

You are the light of the world. A city on the hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

                                                         Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV

The darkness of the world runs deep. And during this dark season, it seems to surround us even more. But in the darkness, there is a light.

The words of Jesus are very clear in this scripture…Christians are the light of the world!

We are the city on the hill and a shining beacon of hope for an unsaved world.

It’s our job to stand above the fray pointing the way to Jesus. And be a reflection of the living Christ allowing His radiant light to shine in us for all to see.

The light of Jesus cannot be overshadowed or hidden from view. And it should burn so bright in us people can’t help but be amazed by its power.

But if we don’t let the light shine in the first place, how can they see the glory of the risen Savior?

No matter how we as Christians see this holiday, shining the light of Jesus should be our focus. And we should never let our passion about Halloween divide us.

That’s what the devil would like to see us do. And I don’t know about you, but I won’t let him have the satisfaction.

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The Danger of Celebrating Halloween

The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness. Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light.

                                                         Luke 11:34-36 NKJV

 

Speaking of focus… Losing our focus is the real danger of celebrating Halloween.

Bright and shiny objects have a tendency to distract us from our goal of Jesus and shining His light.

When we see them, we don’t see Him, and our body is “full of darkness”.

But when we focus our “eye” on Jesus, then we can truly see what is important and be a “shining lamp” that dispels the darkness and leads to the path of salvation

The world and Christians are opposites in every way, just as darkness and light are also opposites. In sharp contrast to the world’s darkness, we are the bright light that shines for the glory of God.

So, let’s keep Jesus in focus at all times, and not let bright, shiny things distract us from our goal.

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Is it a sin to celebrate Halloween?

The Bible doesn’t talk about Halloween the holiday. It didn’t exist then as it does now.

But the Bible does give us guidance on how we should live in an evil world.

There are many verses in the Bible about evil and avoiding it. I think that’s a good idea every day of the year. And a subject we can come back to later.

But let’s talk about sin for a moment.

Sin starts in your heart and then flows out of it. Whatever is already in your heart will come out.

So, instead of asking is celebrating Halloween a sin, let’s ask, how do you see this day? What is in your heart regarding it?

And then follow the instruction in this scripture…

Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.

                                             Proverbs 4:23 NIV

Can Christians celebrate Halloween?

The simple answer is yes, Christians can celebrate Halloween.

But it goes deeper than that.

The way you see this holiday should determine how you think of it and how you guard your heart accordingly.

If you see it as a dark, satanic day, then don’t celebrate such a terrible thing.

If you see it as a day to dress up and have fun, make sure you do it in way that glorifies God and allows the light of Jesus to shine in you.

I don’t celebrate Halloween

Personally, I don’t celebrate Halloween. My family hasn’t for many years. It’s a choice we made based on our beliefs and on the Biblical truth of who Jesus is. We would rather stay away from the darkness of this particular day and focus on happier things.

However, I don’t judge anyone for the choice they make. It’s a personal decision. And I completely understand those with small children celebrating and allowing them to dress up and treat or treat. I’m sure it’s hard to tell your child there won’t be any Halloween candy to munch or super cute jack o lanterns on the porch.

Really, the answer to the question… Should Christians Celebrate Halloween, is a personal one. It’s something you should pray about and ask God for advice on. I guarantee you… He will answer.

Whether you choose to just say no to Halloween altogether, or you’re ready to suit up in your best Halloween costume to celebrate, one thing is certain…

Christians are called to be the light in a dark world.

And we should never let our disagreements over a secular holiday divide our efforts to shine bright!

I pray we will individually and collectively, fix our eyes on Jesus and let our light so shine before men.

I encourage you to seek the radiant light of Christ in your life. And to reflect His light to the rest of the world as the shining beacon of hope that you are.

Happy Halloween! And may God bless you this holiday season!

Please leave your comments on this burning question below. I promise I’ll answer back! 😊

P.S. My family does buy candy for our church to give out to the neighborhood children. We see it as a great way to reach out to the community and share the truth of the gospel with them.

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Robin

10/18/2017 07:52:37 am

Thank you for sharing! I’ve always struggled with this holiday. Your words are a bright light to reminds us to be the salt-seasoning of the world!

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

10/18/2017 09:00:58 am

Hi Robin! Thank you for your kind words today. May God bless you this holiday season!

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How to Resist the Devil – 1 Peter 5:8

How to Resist the Devil 1 Peter 5:8

Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith.

                                                             1 Peter 5:8

Are you on fire for God? If the answer is yes, chances are you’re in the crosshairs of the devil’s devious tactics. Satan’s goal is to devour and destroy Christians just like a roaring lion seeks out its prey. He is constantly setting traps for us to fall into. He knows our weaknesses and how to exploit them. And he will use every weapon in his arsenal to bring us down.

We are under attack, not just from an unbelieving world, but from our greatest foe the devil himself. Satan knows that he cannot have us because we already belong to Jesus. There is nothing he can do that will ever take us away from our Savior. (John 10:29) But Satan can turn us into ineffective Christians so that we won’t share our faith with other people who may also believe.

So, how can we resist the devil and live the life of steadfast faith God has for us? Like any military operation, if we want to successfully combat our enemy we need to understand and recognize the tactics that will be used against us. Here are just a few of the devil’s tricks…

Deception

Lying is what Satan does best. He is the father of lies, so deception is the first tactic he tries. His lies are cruel, and he knows exactly which lie will stop us in our tracks. He will tell us that we’re not good enough, that we don’t deserve it, that we can’t do it, and so many other hurtful things.

Satan wants us to fail and he will tell us whatever it takes to stop us from being effective Christians. But we don’t have to listen to Satan’s lies and we certainly don’t have to believe them.

He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

                                                                1 John 4:4

While Satan delights in deception, Jesus delights in salvation!  We can resist Satan’s lies and fight back by knowing the truth. Jesus has already defeated the forces of evil! Our Savior is greater than any enemy we face! And we are already victorious because of Him!

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Temptation

Temptation is everywhere. Some temptation is just from being human, like eating that extra piece of cake. But some temptation is more sinister and comes from our enemy, the devil.

Thankfully, we have this promise from our faithful and loving God…

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.

                                                               1 Corinthians 10:13

Temptation will always be around us. But God promises us a way out and the strength to bear up under it.

Discouragement

Satan wants us to be discouraged and he does that by reminding us of our past sins. He will make us feel defeated and like we are already a failure before we’ve even begun. Whether we are sharing our faith, getting ready to go on a mission trip or just going about our day, Satan will try to discourage us from doing what God has asked of us.

For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.

                                                                  Hebrews 8:12

Satan may remind us of our sin, but God doesn’t. God not only forgives our sins, He forgets them. He doesn’t bring them up again and He doesn’t use them against us. So, when discouragement from Satan threatens to take hold of us, we can turn to God and find His love, mercy, and forgiveness.

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Distraction

“If Satan can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.” Adrian Rogers

Distraction is one of Satan’s most effective tactics because it doesn’t look like an attack on the surface. Instead of telling us to do bad things, he’ll create a long list of distractions for us to deal with. These distractions come in many forms. But they are all meant to steal away our time from furthering God’s kingdom, even if it is only for a little while.

Satan is very good at keeping us running around in circles simply for the sake of busyness. He knows that if we’re too busy cleaning up the mess he made, we won’t have time for what God has for us. Sometimes, he will even use good things to distract us from God’s plan. If we say yes to a project that a coworker or friend wants us to do, then we might find ourselves too busy to spend time connecting with God and making His plan a priority in our lives. These distractions are harder to deal with because we don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings. Satan knows that too and uses our kindness against us.

No matter what distraction the devil throws at us, we have a weapon to defeat it, the stillness of knowing God.

Be still and know that I am God.
Psalm 46:10

Busyness and stillness are opposites just like Satan and God. If Satan can cause us to be busy, then we can’t experience the peaceful stillness that comes from time with God.

But if we see that our time is being stolen by the enemy, we can stop him by saying no to his distractions. We can choose still instead of frantic.

Therefore submit yourself to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
                                                                James 4:7

These are some of the many tactics that Satan uses against us. We can successfully learn how to resist the devil by recognizing his devious tricks. And by knowing God’s truth and submitting ourselves to Him. Then Satan will have no choice but to flee from us.

Stay steadfast in the faith, my friend!

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