But Halloween is my ABSOLUTE LEAST favorite holiday. As a believer, I believe murder to be sinful. I believe it is both a smack in the face of God - the author of life itself. Halloween celebrates death - and murder. As a believer, I am taught in the Bible that God hates evil, and we should, too. Halloween celebrates evil. There is a frightful delight in the eyes of kids that parents love to see when their little ones get to dress up as evil creatures, gruesome corpses, or wicked witches. While I know that these things are "make-believe," its the celebration and thrill of it all that turns my guts. Why are we so fascinated and thrilled with horror? Halloween reveals it very well. That's why I hate Halloween.
I also feel very saddened when one of God's Children (those redeemed by the blood of Jesus) express their utter delight in this holiday. It's as though the blood of Christ has yet to wash them of their love for evil. But it's not just the holiday. It's the horror film industry - be it the big screen or the TV screen. The butchery - unrestrained and unprovoked - of shows produced these days is simply nasty. Unfortunately, too many Christians are thrilled by these sorts of things. Halloween only gives these shows a "season" in which to saturate the market. Hollywood will produce what sells, and horror sells - especially around Halloween. Christians ought to take a look at their Lord and ask how He would feel about these things. Might their delight be His dismay? He died to redeem them from their carnality and evil.
Now, I don't want to present myself as "holier than thou." We ALL have a bit of the "old man" in us. However, that "old man" is something Christ died to conquer - and Christians should be in the business of repenting of the "old man" and living as the "new man" in Christ. Giving in to the thrill of horror is anything but living the new life, and as such, it should be stopped. I pray that more and more Christians would learn to love what is righteous, good, holy, and precious to our Lord more; while increasingly hating what is evil, wicked, unrighteous, and base in the sight of our Lord. I ask that for myself, too. So far, I've come to hate what is wicked about Halloween.
For that reason, in the spirit of redemption, I've tried to "redeem" the day by leading my church to ignore the costumes of the community and seek to reach the heart of people through our annual "Harvest Festival" of games, candy, food, and family time! I can't stop them from dressing up, but I can get their minds off the gruesome and onto the Glorious One!