All Hallows

Today is All Hallows Eve, traditionally a time when people work on getting rid of evil, in preparation for All Saints’ and All Souls’ day, (1st and 2nd Nov).  This is a moment to celebrate and point to the light that shines in the darkness of the world (John 1:4), for in light we find life!  But today in the West there has been a shift from All Hallows to Halloween.  Halloween is now big business!

There is ambivalence over Halloween in the Christian church. Some Christians see it as a harmless bit of costume and sweet fun. Others believe it trivialises — or worse, celebrates a satanic holiday. So what does Halloween celebrate today. First of all is what is being celebrated today uplifting? Is Halloween pure? Is it lovely, praiseworthy, or of good report?  Remember these words from Philippians 4:8 where Paul 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.

These words remind us that what we put into our minds determines what comes out in our words and actions!  Paul is saying we are to program our minds with good Godly attitudes only.  So is Halloween based on godly themes and attitudes such as the idea of peace, freedom           and salvation or does the occasion bring to mind feelings of fear, oppression, bondage and death?  Additionally, does the Bible sanction witchcraft, witches, and sorcery?  On the contrary, the Bible makes it clear that these practices are an abomination to the Lord.  Deuteronomy 18:9-13 says;

“When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you … one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.  For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord.”

So is it wrong to celebrate Halloween? Ephesians 5:11 says this:

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

This text is calling us to not only to have no association with any type of dark activity but also to shed light on this topic to those around us by taking a stand for what is right and Godly.

As Christians are we responding in the same way today?  The way Halloween is celebrated today makes it a dark day, because it is celebrated by the occult. It is one of their main festivals and is a day when they celebrate and promote death. Historically they have sacrificed animals (and even humans) on this day. Those making the sacrifices summon and invite evil spirits to come and not only dwell with them but to guard them and protect them.

Many have chosen to discount Halloween as “serious” and ignore it.  Perhaps we ignore it because we don’t like it and don’t want anything to do with it.  Maybe we choose to let it be because it’s a bit of fun and it’s only for one day.  However, if we take seriously, the Bible verses I quoted above are wrong! 

If Halloween is wrong, we need to repent of this attitude and repent of our laziness and passivity wrapped around this day.  Without repentance we are giving the day to satan, the enemy.  Christians are called to stand up to and fight against all the schemes of the enemy.  Those who choose to celebrate the death and darkness of Halloween are inadvertently promoting witchcraft and aligning themselves to the schemes of the enemy.

Halloween is a dangerous game.  Research shows that on Halloween police see a higher number of incidents reported to them than on comparable days before and after!  Maybe this is not surprising, as people dress up as murderers, evil spirits, vampires, victims of death, mummies etc… This increases the danger of people aligning themselves to the enemy and letting the enemy into their lives and their home. They are inviting and promoting fear, death, destruction and hatred into their home and bedroom.

Why do we let children dress up as a scary/murderous/evil creature on Halloween, when we don’t encourage it on other days of the year?  As Christians we are children of light, life and hope. We shouldn’t sit back and let the enemy take control of the day because Halloween is not the enemy’s day. It is a day the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it. It is a day of God’s light and life and victory and it is our job to declare it, not just on Halloween, but every day of the year.  God calls us to stand up and fight against the darkness of the enemy’s schemes.

The Good news is this we have already won. Jesus died on the cross and rose in victory and power over death and darkness.  The victory we declare, the prayers we speak and the power we have in Christ’s name, disarm the enemy. The blood of Jesus is a symbol of protection which we can declare over our children, our homes, our community and our nation.

Remember how the Israelites used the blood of the lamb above their doors to protect them from the spirit of death invading their home? Today, Jesus is the Lamb. We can put the blood of Jesus over the doors of our community so that with His blood we have the authority to declare over our community that death will not enter.

But in all this, remember that the battle belongs to God and He has already won. Our role as Christians is to declare God’s victory, walk in it and to go against the enemy. We are the light of the world. Let’s be the bearers of life and light in our community today on All Hallows, but also in the weeks and months to come.