“We have put a spell on you, now you are ours.”
Those are the words I saw on top of the invitation the night before Halloween. The apartment complex invited their tenants for a movie night with little regard for what they were actually saying.
This speaks volumes on how much the spiritual world is underplayed in the American society. Of course, this is one instance, but it would not be too difficult to find more examples that demonstrate how much the spiritual world is merely imaginary, jocular or, at best, superstitious in the minds of the average American. Sadly, this is true among proclaiming Christians even.
In this note, I want to invite you to pause for a moment and think about Halloween and similar holidays and how you interact with them.
Before I address the person who claims to be Christian, I will address the one who is not a follower of Christ.
First, to the person who is not a follower of Christ, I want to make a plea: if you are Wiccan, Pagan, or a worshiper of any gods other than the Lord God revealed in the Bible and through Creation, hear me out!
The Lord Jesus is the greatest proof that the spiritual world exists. It can become tangible, and it has effects on the physical realm. Jesus Christ is also the Lord of both the visible and invisible world. You owe Him allegiance– not to another!
“Why?” you ask. He made you! He created you and therefore has all claims on your soul, your spirit, and your body. He is the One sustaining your life even as you read these lines. Even more, you have sinned against Him and therefore became His enemy. Christ, the judge of all the earth, is coming back to judge every thought and action that you have posed and he will find you guilty.
“But I am good person!” your heart may claim. “’Can mankind be just before God? Can a man be pure before his Maker? He puts no trust even in His servants; And against His angels He charges error. ‘How much more those who dwell in houses of clay, Whose foundation is in the dust, Who are crushed before the moth!” the Bible claims about God.
In fact, the Bible teaches in Colossians that Jesus Christ “is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.” – Colossians 1.
The Bible, makes it clear, however, that “everything was created through [Christ] and for Him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together” (Colossians 1). This is why you are better off coming to Him for the forgiveness sins and fellowship with the God who actually created the universe.
Christ “is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross” – Colossians 1.
The Bible both warns you and invites you to the life that can only be found in Christ. You can have eternal life in friendship, communion, and fellowship with your Maker, your Creator, the Lord God. To the one who turns from their wicked ways and sin and comes to Christ, the Word of God insists that the invitation to have peace with God “includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions” – Colossians 1:21.
The Bible announces the Good News that God has made a way for you to be reconciled “to Himself through the death of Christ in his physical body” (Colossians 1:20). As a result, God can allow you into his presence, and make you holy and blameless. He can clear your records of sin and make you “stand before him without a single fault” (Colossians 1:22).
Without a single fault! So, dear reader who is still caught up in and enjoying the world of darkness, come! Come to the light of Christ!
“Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry, and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities— for his anger flares up in an instant. But what joy for all who take refuge in him!” Psalm 2:12
Do you think you are too far gone, or that there is no hope for you? In the name of Christ and in His finished work at the cross at Calvary is the type of salvation that can deliver you out of the darkest place. If you profess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, this can be true of you today: “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” – Colossians 1:13.
Finally, to the reader who identifies as a Christian, I want you to know that I acknowledge your freedom and the guidance of the Holy Spirit in your everyday life. You may be led to relax on this day with your family or to bestow generosity on these days. For example, I have seen families organize an evangelistic outreach event in their neighborhood on Halloween nights. In doing so they made the most of this opportunity where the mission field comes to their doorsteps. Others have considered an opportunity to excel in generosity as shown in the example linked at the end of this article.
With that said, dear Christian brother or sister, I want to draw your attention to certain realities that our society causes us to dismiss from our thought process and thereby hinder a prayerfulness and thoughtfulness to our decision-making.
Now, you know that of the things we cannot see are the spiritual things and that these things include invisible kingdoms, rulers, and authorities? Do you also not know that Satan, the devil, is a spirit and has a people under his command?
Among these are the pagans whose traditions have become part of national holidays in America, in Europe, and in and some other parts of the world. Ancestral worship, divination, cultish or promiscuous guising, necromancy, witchcraft, drunkenness, promiscuity, and sexual immorality are but a few of the things that are blindly celebrated by some who claim Christianity and conscientiously practiced by many pagans on and around the Halloween festivities as well as other major holidays.
I would like to invite you to not completely dismiss the warnings by those who call for caution concerning the way these holidays are celebrated. Instead, please pick up your Bible and reflect on ways you can most impact the world for the Kingdom of God on days like Halloween or any other holidays that are tainted with pagan origins.
Dear Christian reader, here is a command for you “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” -Romans 12:2. In other words, do no just copy, but think! Yes, “ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure.” – Proverbs 4:26.
Now, as you reflect on the days, the holidays, the festivals, and seasons, and New Moon, and every aspect of every day life in your family, your neighborhood, your church, and so forth, you will come to a conclusion as to what to do or not do on these days.
Once you do, I want to invite you to also thoroughly read and respond to the very practical commands we are given in Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 8. Beware of knowledge that puffs up and makes you think that you are better than your neighbor who decides to act differently from you. I invite you to the kind of love described in Romans 13 and 1 John 3:18-24.
Therefore, for those who are in Christ, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.” Romans 14:17-19.
Some good reads on this topic include the Wikipedia article on Halloween, a pagan website that gives an insight into how they see Halloween, and finally, a very practical example of what a Christian family decided to do with this holiday.
Questions? Thoughts? Please let me know using the comment section below.