Even the usually bland and pedestrian comic strip Family Circus has gotten really strange this week where the three year old character Jeffy, sends the youngest member of the family P.J. crying by wearing a mask that looks like Satan with fangs and all, and then watching his Dad, fake a heart attack after seeing him wear the same mask. Is it weird of me to ask why child-hood trauma has been added to the comics page or thinks having little kids run around dressed as demons is funny?
Add to that, driving around you see suburban families having set up entire fake plastic or Styrofoam graveyards in their front yards, [haven't they ever faced a real death in the family before?] along with witches hanging in the trees, fake spider webs, and the rest. Even many Christians realize, that they see fellow Christians who put up pictures of their kids dressed for Halloween, witches, ghouls and all. You realize fast the world loves Halloween while you understand its spiritual roots, and are working to warn people. While the majority of people especially among the unsaved are just ignorant and do not know any better, among confessing Christians who should know better, in some cases they sure love their holidays more then they love God.
What is wrong with letting the kids play dress-up [ innocent characters like boys dressing up as a cowboy or girls as a nurse] and giving them candy as a treat on a DIFFERENT DAY with no Halloween nonsense? Conformity to the world comes first to far to many and peer pressure to the world.
But here we go again with a young "pastor" who works in youth ministry, defending Halloween, and telling Christians that to refuse to celebrate Halloween is basically being a party-pooper in this article: Halloween--Satan's Birthday? Here we see the usual moral relativist message along the lines of "something may be evil for you but not for someone else" which is totally deceptive:
Don’t get me wrong. Christians have to be aware, holy and wise. We want to make sure that, just because some use this holiday to celebrate evil, we are using it to glorify God. If you choose to protest this holiday do so without condemning the Christians who don’t.
He goes on further with the typical "do not judge" message. Now certainly, we cannot expect those who are not born again with no conviction to not embrace Halloween wholeheartedly but to suspend all "judgement" concerning Halloween in the church and among Christians, totally wrong, and double minded and a defense of the blatantly wicked and evil. The following makes no sense to me, as how could you rescue folks from something if you are fully involved with Halloween yourself and calling people legalists who warn openly about it?
He follows this by telling people to pass out lots of candy and insists that Christians must participate in the trick or treat ritual, and please others, rather then bowing out of this satanic holiday. There is no "love" in honoring Halloween and leading people especially Christians to excuse and embrace it more. The last thing America kids need too is more unhealthy junk food and sugar which are OK as an occasional treat but not for giant bagfuls. Halloween like Christmas teaches greed and getting as many "goodies" as possible.
Whatever you think of Halloween, use it as an opportunity to rescue people from the real danger of the spiritual realm, Satan and his demonic army.