Witches, Ghouls and Pumpkins…
Halloween or All Hallows Eve will be soon upon us. Do you celebrate? I am not sure this year what to think. Our new Pastor was talking about this in his sermon and it has kinda confused me. I always loved the holiday when the kids were little, dressing them up, making lanterns for the porch and getting the house all spooky for when the other kids called. I found it fun and have not really thought about it as a religious conflict. I guess that is what he is asking us to do, make our own minds up, about why we do or don’t celebrate Halloween. He quoted Ephesians 5:7-12
7Therefore do not be partners with them. 8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. ( New International Bible)
I still not sure I see Halloween as evil, whatever its history, have a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween and that I and my children are pagan for celebrating it with fun and treats. I certainly have used the opportunity in educating my children about witchcraft and sorcery relegating it to the realms of fantasy and not an acceptable way of life. I am well aware others do follow these beliefs but they need bringing into the light of Jesus. That I see as my role; to introduce Jesus to people, to bring them into his light.
As for this Halloween I have suggested to the pastor we hold a Harvest Festival. Encourage children to dress up, still have pumpkin lantern competition – it is pumpkin time after all and create a party atmosphere for adults and children alike, encourage families to bring along friends to see an alternative to Halloween, first step in educating them in Christian ways. I also get to dress the hall as a murky spooky barn…yeah.
This is what we will be making..