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Friday, October 26, 2007

Costumes, Candy and Christians


How much or little should a Christian participate in Halloween? Should we stay home and turn our lights out? Should we go out and engage our culture? Should we stay home (lights on) and pass out tracts? Should we use it as an opportunity to get to know our neighbors? How about "tricking" everybody and having a "Fall Festival"? Would that be okay? Should all the Calvinists get together and celebrate "Reformation Day"? Where should we, as Christians, draw the line on how we handle October 31? I wonder about these things. Where did Halloween come from? Did Christians "steal/redeem" it from pagans and call it a Fall Festival, or did pagans "steal" it from Christians? What are its origins? I have believed for a long time that it was originally a pagan "holiday" and, therefore, should be off-limits for Christians. However, after reading an article on the origins of Halloween I am not so sure my beliefs were right. You can check out the article here. Also, for those of you who see Halloween as an opportunity to build relationships with your neighbors and thereby open doors for the Gospel, check out this post by Tim Challies (the comments are helpful too). Any thoughts? peace.

6 comments:

Jay Scott said...

haven't read those articles yet (about to), but for whatever reasons halloween was started for, i seriously doubt its the same reasons we celebrate it today. i think its harmless fun.

Jamie Butts said...

Hi friends,
Time for more pics of Mikaya...

OhK-Booth said...

Interesting...I would also like to second the request made by Jamie. More Pics please (Mikaya and the fam!)

Anonymous said...

its Makaya with an A

Childs Family said...

My favorite Reformation Day memory is playing "Name that Theses" and "Theses or Feces" at Carriage House North several years ago. Fun times. Sorry- not appropriate responses to your questions. Say hi to your beautiful wife and daughter for me.

chance n said...

PLEASE explain to me how you play "Theses or Feces". I must know.