|Posted on November 1, 2012 at 2:30 PM|
In the last week, a few things have kind of nagged on my thoughts a bit. 1. I noticed that a local church was celebrating their Annual Harvest Festival on 10/26th instead of on Halloween. 2. This is our first year at Impact Chruch so I wasn't aware of what they do on Halloween, but it surprised me when I was told that the youth group, who holds their meetings on Wednesdays, were going to keep to their schedule. Nothing was going to be done for the younger kids, it was business as usual. Ok. Not an issue. We'll just go to our old church. 3. Love Life Church no longer celebrates Hallelujah Night on Halloween. They did a Harvest Festival the Sunday before.
Ok, now I'm seeing a trend, something is going on. I didn't get the memo. "Fine!", I thought. My older children will take my youngest child trick or treating and I will get some work done around the house. But "something" kept tugging at me. What wasn't I understanding? So I took a break and decided to look up some info about Halloween. I read all about how Halloween was harmless and that the parents and children of our time are just celebrating a time of fun and free candy. I also noticed an update that Pastor Ace posted on Facebook about Halloween.
Lightbulb Moment! It is not a sin to go trick or treating. Nothing in the bible tells us to refrain from going door to door to collect candy from neighbors we do not know. (In a world where where it is very normal to not know any of your neighbors. It is commonly heard that we do not let our children help out the neighbors because: "we don't know them"!) Nothing in the bible tells us that we are displeasing God when we put on a costume just for the fun of it. The motive, and God knows our hearts, in Halloween is just fun in most cases.
However, the bible does say:
"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
"Do all things without grumbling or disputing." Philippians 2:14
"We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ " 2Corinthians 10:5
"And whatever you do, whether by speech or action, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him". Colossians 3:17
Celebrating Halloween is a personal choice as is everything in our life. (It's called Free Will) As Christians we are taught to go to Christ and consult with Him in all that we do and let Him lead our path. Jesus died to rid us of our sins and give us an opportunity to have a relationship with God. A God who wants us to experience TRUE happiness, joy, love, peace and FUN! So why not consult with God as to whether you should personally celebrate Halloween or not prior to getting upset about what others are doing or not doing?
I asked Him. He told me 18 days ago to teach my children that I am learning to be obedient in all areas of my life. MY GOD IS AWESOME! My son threw a tantrum! A 14 year old football player throwing a tantrum over Halloween looks like a human posessed by the devil! His face turned dark and evil! His nose flared as his lips curled into a snarl.... OUT WITH YOU SATAN!
LOL I survived and at the end of the day, the children and I spent quality time together.
This year we didn't have time to prepare but the kids and I will surely add fun prior to Halloween by preparing for that day. We are now looking forward to Halloween for a good purpose that gives God glory. Yesterday, I ran out to the Family Christian store and grabbed some little "pass on" cards that had cute little pictures and a bible verse on them. (15 cents each). I purchased some candy that had scriptures on the wrapper and I purchased two of a children book that was on sale. (P is for Pumpkin). They had a tray on sale for 1.24 so I bought that and we put the candy, pass on cards and two books on that tray to prepare to shine a light on the cute little trick or treaters coming to our home. My 3 y/o dressed up as a Princess and was ready to hand out candy. (I also did buy candy for the kids to have and they winded up with the left over candy for the trick or treaters too!)
While we waited for people to knock on our doors, I read The Pumpkin Gospel and A Pumpkin Prayer to Rosie. The children and I played a game together and watched a movie. We chatted about what we can do next year and why we are no longer celebrating Halloween. By the end of the night we all had a wonderful time together as a family and I believe we have started a new tradition that we will pass on to future generations.
I wasn't tricked into doing this either. God didn't show me the rewards if I listened to Him. I didn't even realize that my son was so consumed with Halloween candy that he wouldn't give it up for God if asked to do so. The treat was better than I could have hoped for, better than I could have imagined. I spent a wonderful evening with my 3 children.
If you are wondering for yourself, whether or not you should be trick or treating, I would suggest having a talk with Dad. Let Him show you your heart and your motives.
"And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” - Joshua 24:15.