Halloween

I dare say it’s more acceptable to say “Happy Halloween” these days than “Merry Christmas!”

The woman who sat next to me at church on Sunday was wearing an orange sweater with jack-o-lanterns on it. Nothing evil or offensive, obviously, but it bothered me. It did. It just proves to me how acceptable Halloween has become even among Christians. I know only a handful of people who, like me, have opted not to celebrate.

I am trying to figure out how in the world Halloween became so popular. It seems to have surpassed other holidays, except Christmas–for now, in terms of decorating and parties. I have a few friends, some Christians, who would say it’s their favorite holiday. It would be better if there was any chance of celebrating “All Hallow’s Eve” instead, but any Christian elements of the celebration have been forgotten.

No matter whether you think Halloween is a religious or secular holiday, its growing popularity may be an indication of the decreasing relevance of Christianity in our society today. A sad statement considering Christianity is supposedly still the world’s largest religion. I am not, although I know you may find it hard to believe, judging those who do participate. I completely understand how much you want your children to have fun, especially if you grew up with great memories of trick-or-treating as a kid. It is exciting and the kids enjoy dressing up. And for the majority, it is harmless. I am just disappointed that there seem to be so few Christians who are willing to take a stand and be different. Part of the reason we don’t celebrate Halloween at our house is quite simply because it is “weird.” This is one obvious way that we as Christians truly can be “aliens” in this world. So, we choose to put our light on a stand, instead of a hallowed out pumpkin.

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.” Matthew 5:14-15

See also Aw, isn’t that cute? Or is it?

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