Celebrating Halloween as a Christian

Now that we are safely past Halloween 2018, I have a true confession.

I struggled this year with what it means to celebrate Halloween as a Christian.

This is in part because of my own history with having celebrated Halloween as a Wiccan sabbath.  It’s also in part to articles, such as the one written by a former Satan worshipper, who contends that Christians should consider the spiritual implications of what Halloween represents.  I acknowledge this is a holiday that is celebrated by non-Christians as a holy day. Specifically, Satanists and Pagans, such as Wiccans, Druids, or Voodoo practitioners all believe that Halloween is a day where the veil is thinnest between the living and the dead. They believe it’s an opportunity to communicate with the dead, as well as become more in tune with nature and energy.

For the Christian, that is dangerous territory.  It is counter to how the Bible instructs us to live as followers of Christ.  Halloween provides the enemy an opportunity to tempt the Christian into thoughts and deeds that are not congruent with a Christian walk.

On the other hand, I recognize that the harvest festivals sponsored by churches and the trunk or treat events sponsored by small towns are an effort to keep kids safe and make this an enjoyable fun time for families.   I recognize that we could be celebrating the arrival of autumn and that our children don’t have to dress up as scary characters.  I recognize that one’s belief in the event is partially what drives the motives and intent behind the event.

However, I also take it very seriously that there is an expectation that the followers of Christ will give glory to the true living God.  Our words and deeds reflect that we are representing Jesus to the world.  We must be careful to not give any satisfaction to the devil.  And please believe, the devil is garnering satisfaction when the children of God are disobedient or tempted into sinful behavior.

All that to say, I struggled this year with what it means to be a Christian celebrating Halloween. I didn’t come up with any answers. I bought candy, I dressed up, and I took my child to Halloween and Harvest Festival events.

But I’m still thinking about it…and I’m still praying about it…and I’m still talking to God about it.  I’m grateful I have a relationship with God where I can question these types of scenarios and know that He is listening.

What thoughts do you have on Halloween as a Christian?

~Emily

Modern witches planning a hex and offer an invitation to join them

How often have I heard a modern Pagan claim that their religious beliefs “harm none”?  Self-proclaimed wiccans, witches and warlocks claim that theirs is a religion that worships nature.  They will cast spells and create space to conduct magic, but they classify these practices as “white magic.” They also claim to not “recruit” to this pagan path.

And yet, the boldness of the enemy has allowed this type of article.  The title alone should grab the attention of Christians:  “Modern-Day Witches are planning to hex Brett Kavanaugh—and you can join in.”

Not only does this violate their claim that they “harm none,” but it also blatantly advocates for others to “join in.”

This is a recruiting campaign designed to capitalize on individual feelings about sexual assault, due process, the selection process of the Supreme Court justices, political views or even the opinion of one man’s character.

Regardless of where you fall on each of those opinions, the enemy is utilizing those thoughts to lure the unsuspecting into dappling in a very dangerous practice.  Hexing is wishing and projecting negative energy and ulitmately ill will towards an individual or situtation.  The practice of believing that this is an innocent gesture of hexing or worse…that the hexing is justified…is extremely dangerous. Why is it dangerous?  Because it feeds the enemy’s agenda of pulling people away from Christ.

While Americans are often oblivious to the spiritual battles waged around them, the enemy is being anything but subtle.  How much more obvious is the recruiting to the dark side, than an invitation that states “join in”?

The Bible gives specific guidance on avoiding these scenarios. In James 4:7 we are told “Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

In addition to submission to God and resistance of the devil, recognition of the enemy’s tactics is imperative.  Prayer must be utilized as a powerful weapon of protection and resistance.

Stand firm in Christ and know that the enemy is tireless.

~Emily