Do you ever wonder, Should Christians celebrate Halloween? There are so many articles written about this topic and preachers who preach both for and against celebrating that night. Because of that I decided to share a new idea. Well an interesting idea. Before the rest of my post let me say that I’m not exactly saying we should celebrate Halloween. However I do believe as Christians we should INFILTRATE Halloween. In addition to that thought I especially don’t believe we should shut off all our lights and hide in our homes behind closed doors pretending that we don’t hear the tiny knocks of little hands asking for candy.
Let me say that obviously I am a Christian just so you understand my point of view for the rest of this blog post.
On Halloween there are some very nasty dark people in the world. And on Halloween from what I’ve been told by people very close to me in ministry there are things, dreadful awful things, happening on that eve that should never be spoken of due to the degree of evil involved.
And it’s also true that you will see Hallows eve teeming with vampires ghosts and goblins running around. But at the same time it’s filled with ghosts, goblins and vampires. And YOU are representing the light of the world! What a perfect night to be out.
I will say that our church has a replacement event called Harvest Festival. It’s fun for all families with bounce houses a skit for the lost and candy of course. See it below.
But when I read some other posts about Halloween, and when I see other Christian brothers and sisters talking about how we should just shut the doors and ignore the day I don’t agree.
Here is the thing, darkness is alive and well EVERY day not just Halloween day. Pick up the paper read the news. Something horrible happens. The enemy is working every day.
So what are my thoughts on Halloween and what I think that night should look like to us as Christains? This is how I think Christians should celebrate Halloween.
On Halloween Christians should absolutely TAKE OVER THAT NIGHT.
How you ask? What if each of us bow our heads and get on our knees and speak over every life for protection and peace on Halloween?
That on Halloween any attack of the enemy would be stopped. Any cult attempting to do something evil would be exposed and uncovered and brought to justice before any innocent person is harmed?
What if you stood at your door with Christian music playing, the best candy in the neighborhood, a sign that reads NEED PRAYER JUST ASK?, and you put a gospel tract with some candy and say “Jesus loves you!” In every bag that comes your way. What if you did that?
Tell me this, what other night in the whole world do you have about 100 kids or more and their families knocking on YOUR door? You talk about a mission field?
I mean how easy does God have to make it for you?
You do realize as a Christian you are made to fight right?
That the armor of God you are supposed to wear according to Ephesians 6 18-18 does NOT have any armor for your bootie right? Or more properly spoken, your back side. In otherwards the devil should never see your Christian behind running away. Read it yourself:
Ephesians 6:10-18New International Version (NIV)
The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
See? Case in point. There is absolutely NO armor for your bootie.
So here is a challenge to any Christians who reads this. Instead of thumping on your step stool yelling about all the horrible things that happen on this night and hiding out in your homes why not take a stand? Stand against the evil and tell it that it will NOT touch your children, your friends, your neighborhood. TAKE AUTHORITY!
Then ask God to open doors. Ask Him to bring those who need prayer right to your door. Ask Him to help you be a light in a dark world.
Because here is a newsflash for you my dear friends in Christ, the devil is busy 365 days of the year NOT just on Halloween. And I think it does the God we serve a grave injustice to act weak and cowardly and tuck our heads in our homes claiming it’s so evil. YES that’s right. And HE paid a huge price to defeat that evil. The world is dark. So go shine your light.
You CAN make a difference this year and INFILTRATE HALLOWEEN WITH THE AMAZING LIGHT OF JESUS. After all He already made a show of the devil openly so you may as well get a front row seat while you bless others and serve HIM.
Because that evil you are so concerned about? Was defeated 2000 years ago. Let’s all start acting like he’s defeated.
New International Version Colossians 2:15
And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
Other references: Word Of Life Pastor Andy Visser talking about Halloween. And how we have another way to do that night:
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Posted by LiV Youth on Sunday, October 25, 2015
My Facebook friend Darren Wilson ( I say FB because I don’t know him personally outside of FB but he wrote a great piece in Charisma Magazine on Christians and Halloween. Below is one of my favorite quotes but feel free to read his whole article here.
But of course God overcame all and did a wondrous work while we filmed. And instead of celebrating the power and wonder of God, all they wanted to do was make sure they prayed to “get any critters off” me that might have attached themselves to us while we were there. But of course I didn’t have any “critters” on me because I have the light of the world inside of me, and light drives away darkness.
What you believe will always be your reality. So if you think that the devil is going to jump on you, then you believe that he is in some situations stronger than God’s protection, and, well, yeah, he’s probably going to jump on you. But if you know the God inside of you has already conquered the world, then you will be a terror to darkness wherever you go.