Archive for October, 2012

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Colossians 4:5-6

October 31 always brings up questions for the Christians. What do we do with Halloween?

The Christian community is divided over how to approach Halloween, some saying it is a pagan holiday Christians should avoid while others argue that there is no better time for ministry. Should we receive it, redeem it, or out and out reject it?

With any subject like this we are called as Christians to think carefully, biblically, and pray for wisdom. As you do this I want to encourage you with insights and give some helpful links to consider. First, it is important for us to be informed about the holiday and it’s history;   Justin Holcomb is helping us do that. Second, I hope you do know that as Christians one of the most important things this side of the cross happened on October 31, 1517 (the Reformation started); that you realize what resulted from it, and you educate your children about it (you still can).

While I agree with Russ Moore that Judgment Houses and the like can miss the point I believe we should use this opportunity to be the salt and light in our communities. Halloween is a great opportunity to welcome people into your home and begin new relationships to minister the Gospel. Though You may not agree with everything I believe that Jeff Vanderselt’s post is helpful for us to do this.

As Christians we must constantly be aware and understand that we are a “sent” people.  Jesus was clear about this when He told us:

..” As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”
(John 20:21b ESV)

David Mathis has done a great job helping us think what it means to “Sent into the Harvest” on Halloween.

I hope this help you cultivate your desire to glorify Christ this October 31.