October 23, 2009

Just say No - to Halloween

In the past, we have been wishy washy over celebrating Halloween. Sometimes we have passed out tracts with candy...other times we turned out all the lights and played games in the back room. Sometimes we dressed up and went to 'harvest' parties. Other times we stayed home doing nothing.

I'm done with being wishy washy. We will not and we will never celebrate Halloween. Fine. Said it and done.

But why? Well, here is our scriptural reason why...

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will dwell in them And walk among [them]. I will be their God, And they shall be My people." Therefore "Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you." "I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the LORD Almighty." 2 Cor 6:14-18
Halloween is obviously a pagan holiday...it has nothing to do with honoring the Lord God.

When two animals are yoked together they are working towards a common goal. The world (unbelievers) celebrates Halloween with fear, and ghoulish goals in mind. What does that have to do with me or anything I want for my children? Plus, trick-or-treating goes against everything I try to teach my children. It is "Love your neighbor as yourself" not "Give me candy or get some tricks." The Bible teaches 'you don't work, you don't eat.' Going door to door asking for candy just doesn't line up.

Anyways, just our own personal views.

Lately, we have felt the sting of rejection and criticism when it comes to standing up for Biblical truth. How appropriate it would be to focus on the Reformation this year. It was on October 31st, 1517 that Martin Luther nailed his thesis on the wall of the church beginning the Protestant Reformation.
Seems there is a growing trend within home school families to celebrate the Reformation instead of Halloween - since it is on the same day. Some families really get into it with costumes and games and events...for us, we'll probably do some Thanksgiving crafts and enjoy some popcorn. Mr. Santos and I will likely watch the movie "Luther". I have never seen it, but heard it is a good representation of the Reformation.
It's not so much that we are followers of Martin Luther or John Calvin - we are followers of Jesus Christ. It's the standing for truth in the face of adversity, which I believe the Reformation was about, that we want to focus on. Much better to focus on that, than to try to cover up witches and goblins with harvest parties and cutesy costumes.

This past Sunday, we were talking about how blessed we are to be taught from the scriptures every week - with nothing deleted and nothing added. I mentioned to the children that there may come a day when they have to choose between the truth of God's Word or prison - maybe even death.

What would we choose?
THREE times the Bible asks us this question:

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16:26

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