Don't Be Afraid of Halloween4
Every year I write or share an article encouraging Christians to celebrate Halloween. This year I will do the same but with a twist. I am actually going to be honest.
You see Christians have theological reasons to celebrate Halloween. The historic Church celebrates All Saints day on November 1. On that day we remember the lives of our loved ones who have passed away, and celebrate the victory they have over the grave. We celebrate that death and Satan have been defeated forever. That is why some have traditionally dressed up as devils, to make fun of Satan and celebrate his defeat. But that is not why I celebrate Halloween.
Christians also have historic reasons to celebrate Halloween. On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther officially started the Protestant Reformation by nailing his points of debate upon the door of the Wittenburg Chapel. Specifically, he protested the grotesque idea that a monetary gift to the church would "spring" a loved one's soul from Pergatory.
I am thankful for the worldwide revival that began that day, but that is not the real reason I celebrate Halloween.
The Christian has missional reasons to celebrate Halloween. It is the only day of the year that every one of your neighbors will open their doors to strangers and welcome them in! It is the perfect day to make new friends and hopefully begin relationships that will lead them closer to Christ.
I find it tragic that thousands of Christians are off at Church events on the one night of the year when unbelievers are knocking on their doors. But that is not the reason I celebrate Halloween.
I celebrate Halloween because it is awesome. I love candy, I love costumes and I love parties. I love to celebrate. I believe God loves those things too. He wants us to ENJOY him. The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.
Going door to door and saying Trick or Treat is not a pagan ritual. It is fun. And I want my kids to be practiced in the art of having fun.
I want my kids to learn to enjoy God by developing the habit of enjoying me. Christian children should not grow up afraid of fun. They should not be afraid of parties. I don't want their first party to be something at a college Frat house. I hope my kids see those things as lame, and nothing compared to the awesome Halloween and Independence day parties they had growing up.
We Christians, of all people have the best reason to celebrate. Thursday night let's show the world how to have a great party.
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