Wednesday, November 1, Everyday Mommy will begin sharing some ideas for keeping Christ in Christmas. On the eve of that day, many Christians will be participating in another kind of celebration. I know that many churches provide an alternative to this pagan holiday, such as “Trunk or Treat” or “Harvest Festival”, but I wonder how many of us see this not as an alternative to, but as an additional stop on, our Trick-or-Treat rounds. It’s all about the candy, right?
I know that none of us take part in the “bad” rituals that have been known to occur on Halloween, but is it a good idea to promote greed, tooth decay, and perhaps even truth decay in our children? Is it really harmless fun? Where is the message of Christ in Halloween?
Lest you think that I am casting stones, I must admit that I’ve never really seen any harm in allowing the kids to dress up and go door-to-door collecting candy, and I buy tons of the good stuff to hand out to the superheroes, fairies, and ghosts and goblins who come to my door. But should I? Should we be so convinced that there really is no harm in it?
I ask, because I want feedback, but also because I want you to think about the state of Christ’s church. Satan has long been lurking, looking for every opportunity to distract us from the cause of Christ. He seeks to steal, kill, and destroy. His methods are subtle. So subtle, in fact, that we have been lulled into complacency. Even some pastors and leaders have been duped.
We are told in scripture that there will be many divisions among us. We see that in the numerous denominations that have sprung up since the first church began. We see it in committees who can’t agree on what color the carpeting and pew cushions should be. I really don’t think that’s what “fight the good fight of faith” means. We are to contend, not with one another, but with the enemy!
While we’re doing battle with one another, Satan is making advances, virtually unnoticed. Not only have we watered down the gospel to draw the world into the church, we are becoming disciples of the world. We adopt their way of thinking, their style of music, their dress code, and even their methods of worship: see this article on gnostic mysticism in the SBC.
Scary, isn’t it?