A month or so ago, i was attacked on of my facebook posts for listening to certain musicians and preachers, before i could fully address the accusations, my “attacker” then posted a few photos about how Christians shouldn’t celebrate Halloween, I laughed at them explaining that none of it was true (following which they gave up).
I believe that I am discerning about who I listen to in music and preaching, all that I was accused of, was lies as he didnt know me at all, i don’t celebrate Halloween and i am not enamoured with the current way Christmas is celebrated in the western world as many of my “seasonal” posts will confirm!
A friend of mine wrote a blog post on the roots of halloween, according to his post, it is actually one of the few calendar dates that has its roots in Christianity and not paganism or “non-christian” history. But then pagans would argue that their “samhain” festival came first and as usual a pope or roman emperor “appropriated it as it fitted”.
Some may know it as “All Hallows Eve”, like Christmas eve precedes Christmas day, it is the night before “All Hallows Day” or “All Saints Day”, where the church remembers the “saints” or loved ones to a lesser or greater extent depending on the denomination, some even went as far as commemorating “saints” for three days! All Saints Day was also the day, similar to Easter where we remember that Jesus death brought God’s light into the darkness of our hearts (and this world) and made us able to live in the right way.
Due to commercialism, like Christmas, that message has got lost in fun and frivolity! Many, Christian and Non-Christian, excuse Halloween as being a little fun, “horror movies are fine” etc… Christians are called to dwell our minds on things that are “pure, holy, right and lovely”, watching movies about axe murderers, people being chased, tortured or affected by demonic forces, is not something anyone should expose themselves to.
Christians claim that “Christ has redeemed us, so he can redeem anything“, but:-
- are we allowing things that are not holy, right and lovely to distract us from things that are?
- Are we allowing our desire to give good gifts or get “expensive stuff”, blinding us to the need of those around us?
- Are we allowing the desire to eat lots of sweet foodstuffs, blinding us from sharing and excusing us to take from those who can ill afford it?
- Are we letting commercialism and advertising drive our behaviour, that we forget its impact on those who will be scared, lonely or left out?
- Are we allowing the joy of “celebration” to give us an excuse to get so drunk, we make stupid mistakes?
Now, I love food, I love all the cake and variety of things that various nationalities have created for Easter and Christmas seasons. I love the music and movies which are inspired by those seasons, I am by no means a perfect philanthropist, i do not have the personal funds nor do I claim a long track record of helping others “less fortunate” than myself.
I do what I can, I support and try to encourage the next generation to think about others, I was pleased when my youngest child decided that they wanted to donate to the harvest collection at her school, following a talk i gave to her sunday school group, not because I personally did anything but that she got the message and she responded!
Regardless of whether Easter, Halloween or Christmas have their roots in Paganism or Christianity, if you are a follower of Christ and can truly say “this behaviour or activity is bringing glory to God, blessing others and showing Christ’s love” then by all means continue.
But if it is failing to-