Here is the dilemma…

If you are a Christian what do you do with a holiday that is all about scaring people?

Here are the two sides of the debate:

1. You ignore the holiday completely and witness to your community by your upright stance against such an evil day.

  • Common Biblical example: Daniel and his friends refusing to eat the King’s food.
  • Daniel 1:8
    “But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.”

2. You embrace the holiday and participate in the festivities with the intent of witnessing to your neighbors and friends.

  • Common Biblical example: Jesus dining with sinners.
  • Matthew 9:10
    “While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” came and ate with him and his disciples.”

3. Note: There is always a third side to any debate that says there is two sides… just so you know… so, the third option would be any of the gray area between the first two ends of the spectrum.

  • Common Biblical example: Paul’s letter to Titus on purity.
  • Titus 1:15
    “To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.”

Where do you lie on the spectrum?

In one of our recent CMConnect chat sessions this division became blatantly obvious. In fact, I’m pretty sure a few people left the conversation because they didn’t agree with what I’m about to say again.

Halloween is what you make of it.

Jesus is bigger than the bogey man… He is bigger than Halloween.

Our God is in control of every day and in every season… I believe that, no matter where you lie on the spectrum of “feelings” or “convictions” about this holiday, you should make it your goal to redeem this day by allowing Christ to be the reason for the season.

No matter what you decide to do on Halloween day… be redeemed by Christ… not by what you choose to do or choose not to do.

God vs. Halloween… easy match, God wins!

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Comment by Michael Chanley on October 28, 2010 at 9:46am
This is such a great discussion... thank you all for posting.
Eric, your point is well taken and I completely agree. Rob, I think our families have a lot in common.

True story: I woke up this morning thinking about Halloween and wondered how many 5 year-olds would be running around dressed like serial killers... or worse... Lady GaGa. ugh.
Comment by Rob Marks on October 28, 2010 at 9:39am
There are two other aspects of Halloween I am not that thrilled about and they have nothing to do with evil. I am not all that jazzed about candy. Don't get me wrong, I love a good Snickers bar or Peanutbutter Cup. In our house we consider these things something we enjoy with some moderation so the thought of filling a bucket with candy that will last the whole year doesn't excite me. We eat pretty healthy so this would go against who we are as a family. (though are kids would be all for it.) The other part is the selfishness of it. We try to teach our kids about seeing others as more important than themselves but I watch kids run from house to house getting all they can get. This is not who we are.

We are very active in our neighborhood all year long. Kids are in and out of our house all the time. Our house is always filled with neighbor kids. But on Halloween we don't lock ourselves in the house, we go do something fun as a family. Quite frankly, I think our neighbors would be shocked if they saw us running from house to house getting candy on Halloween because it wouldn't match who they see us as and that is exactly how I want it to be.
Comment by Eric Riskus on October 27, 2010 at 10:37pm
Um. Why do we choose one day to be afraid of the Devil? One day to recognize that there is a celebration of evil? This stuff happens every day. Going out trick or treating isn't necessarily a celebration of evil as it is a celebration of Candy. If we revere Halloween as the only day that the Devil comes out to play then we're giving him 364 other days of playtime. I think rather than teaching kids that one day out of the year is a day to stay indoors and not do anything doesn't fully prepare them for the spiritual battle that we all face.
Just my opinion.
Comment by Lindsey R. Whitney on October 27, 2010 at 8:40pm
Great post.
Comment by Shay Scofield on October 27, 2010 at 8:21pm
We are called to be different.

When non-christians see christians celebrating Halloween what are they thinking? What kind of a message are we sending out?

As long as the devil is around there is going to be differences between Christians on topics such as this.
Comment by Dale Hudson on October 27, 2010 at 6:36pm
Great post Michael!
Comment by Collin Senka on October 27, 2010 at 4:23pm
Well said
Comment by Darci on October 27, 2010 at 12:07pm
I try my utmost to respect everyone's belief. I take offense when someone attacks where I sit. If you aren't comfortable with it and choose not to do anything, I am fine with that...but respect that I enjoy the holiday and take every opportunity to teach to the kids that the holiday CAN glorify our Lord and Savior.
Comment by Michael Chanley on October 27, 2010 at 11:21am
I think it is different for different people... in some cases. You know, murder is murder.

My feelings on the matter are more related to "not being a stumbling block" to a weaker brother or sister. Like we discussed in the chat, it's a slippery slope.

Where do we draw the line?

I think it has to come back to our heart in the matter and giving Jesus authority in our life... completely committed to Him.
Comment by Rob Marks on October 27, 2010 at 10:56am
I believe that Christ has victory over sin and evil, that is crystal clear. My struggle with Halloween personally involves my own kids. Am I guilty of allowing my kids to melt into the culture and ultimately giving it a greater influence than it should have, much like Israel did in the OT? Does this fall into the category that Paul talks about when he says that all things that are permissible may not be good for me?

Personally this is about what I fill my head with. Should I fill my head with things like TV shows that glorify evil? (CSI, Criminal Minds, Medium, the list could go on) Or rated R movies? Do I really think it will have no impact? I know it won't impact my salvation but what about my sanctification?

I have talked with many guys who struggle with pornography and think it is no big deal and has no impact on their marriage relationship. The truth is, they have bought into the lie because of their own desires. I am not saying porn addiction is the same as kids trick or treating but somewhere there is a line...but where is it? And is it different for different people?


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