As Christians, should we be participating in Halloween?
Let’s have a debate. What are some reasons Christians should participate? What are some reasons Christians shouldn’t?
Can anyone back up their argument with scripture?
What are we celebrating on Halloween? Why do we celebrate it? Where did it come from?
Back in Ireland and Scotland around the time of Christ, the new year started on November 1st (the day after Halloween). The Celtic people believed that October 31st was a day of chaos because it was between the current year and the previous year. They were also very superstitious and believed that spirits of the dead wandered around on the 31st looking for bodies to inhabit. Because of this, they dressed up in costumes and paraded around making loud noises in order to attempt to confuse and scare away the spirits. This is the origin of Halloween.
Later, the Catholic Church moved into Ireland and Scotland and hijacked the holiday in order to celebrate the saints (All Saints Day). The day before All Saints Day was called All Hollow’s Eve. The Catholic Church at the time believed that people who died would be in a state of limbo before they went to Heaven or Hell, and that their path could be influenced by the prayers of the living. Therefore, the Catholic Church started a tradition on All Hollow’s Eve where people would go out and offer up prayers for the dead members of people’s families in exchange for receiving cakes; this is likely where Trick or Treating comes from.
So Halloween is basically a conglomeration of Celtic pagan rituals and early Catholic traditions.
So the question remains; should we celebrate Halloween? Let’s look at some scriptures.
4 Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them.
2 Timothy 2:4 (NLT)
What would happen if American soldiers refused to go to battle because they were too busy watching American Idol?
Who are the soldiers in this passage? The officer? What war are they fighting?
Is Halloween part of the “affairs of civilian life”? Is it important to the purpose of the war? What should the soldiers be doing on Halloween?
10 For example, never sacrifice your son or daughter as a burnt offering. And do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft, 11 or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord. It is because the other nations have done these detestable things that the Lord your God will drive them out ahead of you.
Deuteronomy 18:10-12 (NLT)
Raise your hand if you engage in sorcery, fortune-telling, or witchcraft on Halloween (lol).
Raise your hand if you call forth the spirits of the dead. Would you recognize it if you were? What are some ways people call forth the spirits of the dead these days?
What are some of the things that we should not do as Christians on Halloween?
[Glorify the occult, use it as a reason to be mischievous, talk to the dead]
What are some of the things that we should do as Christians on Halloween?
[Witness, pray, love]
1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
3 For he will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.
4 He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side,
though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you.
8 Just open your eyes,
and see how the wicked are punished.
9 If you make the Lord your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels
to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands
so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras;
you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life
and give them my salvation.”
Psalm 91:1-16 (NLT)
It is because of the Lord our God that we are safe from the work of Satan, and he has no power over us. Whether Halloween is a Satanic or an anti-Christian holiday or is an opportunity to share God’s love for us has everything to do with how it plays out in our hearts.