Should Christians celebrate Halloween?

Well, a casual search on the internet against this term will lead you to articles by The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), and of course that excellent website, “got Questions?org”. Reading them you’ll find that they all give similar advice; either completely abstain from all association from it, use the day as an opportunity to join in but hand out Gospel tracts as well as sweets or, organise or join a Church run alternative such as a ‘Light Party’.

However the Bible is quite clear that we should,

“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” Ephesians 5:11

And we should also,

“Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” Psalm 34:14

The flame of the Occult has continued to grow all over the World, thanks in part to J.K.Rowling (Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts) and Stephenie Meyer (The Twilight Saga) but also other media such as True Blood, Van Helsing, Preacher and Let the Right One In, to name a few.

Our response as Christians, if we are serious about keeping our hearts clean and about the instructions contained in the Bible about evil, as above, then we shouldn’t be watching these or reading the novels.

Halloween is marketed as ‘a bit of fun’, a chance to dress up and socialise with others and eat treats that you wouldn’t otherwise do. However that is exactly what satan wants you to do; have fun. It’s enticing, subtle and downplayed.

Someone once said that if satan was to try and tempt you by appearing before you as a horned devil with a three-pronged pitch fork, then it would be easy to resist. However satan is crafty and underhand and he never appears like that. As with any temptation, Halloween portrays Witchcraft, daemons, ghouls and the like as harmless fun and for those who are tempted to develop more of an interest in the world of Witchcraft, find it even more tempting.

That’s the idea of course.

Satan uses his treats to trick you.

As Christians the Bible not only says, as above, that we should have nothing to do with the ‘deeds of darkness and ‘expose them but Philippians 4:8 says,

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

In other words we should be filling our minds with good things and what better place to start than reading our Bibles.

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1