009 This is Halloween

THIS IS HALLOWEEN

THIS IS HALLOWEEN

HALLOWEEN!

HALLOWEEN!

THE HISTORY OF HALLOWEEN

Celtic festival of Samhain, co-opted by the Catholic church as part of All Saints Day and All Souls Day celebrated as All Hallow’s Eve.

Trick-or-Treat started as an Irish tradition of going door to door collecting materials for a village feast and bonfire. (Sounds like a good ol’ fashioned Southern Baptist pot luck to me.)

Cover the whole thing with a coat of American Capitalism = Halloween

In fact, Halloween and Christmas have remarkable similarities. Both were Christian substitutes for pagan festivals so that the Christians could participate in the celebration without worshipping false gods. (Basically a loophole.)

Fun fact: The Puritans thought both holidays (All Saints Day and Christmas) were tainted and didn’t celebrate them. They also allowed breast feeding in public. (Out of the three things I’m not sure why the modern church chose only to celebrate Christmas.)

SO WHY DOES IT MATTER IF YOU LET YOUR KIDS CELEBRATE?

1 CORINTHIANS 8:6-8 There is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. Food will not commend us to God.

Paul tells us that it is okay to eat the meat that was sacrificed to false gods because we know that meat was sacrificed in vein. All things come from God. We come from God. All things come through Jesus Christ. We exist because of Jesus Christ. So don’t waste food sacrificed to no one. Enjoy the food that God has provided for you.

EPHESIANS 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

If you are going to forbid your children from doing something please make it a reason they can’t disprove with a 10 second Google search.

Halloween is NOT satan’s birthday. I just had to say that.

1 CORINTHIANS 8:9 But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.

Using arbitrary “Christian looking” rules to restrict or force your children to do anything is weakening their faith. If they cannot trust you to tell them the truth about something as trivial as Halloween how can they trust you to tell them the truth on the real important issues of our faith.

CONCLUSION:

The Bible has SO many important messages for us to teach our kids, but it says right there in black in white go ahead and eat the candy. God made it anyway.

Don’t make it harder on your kids to understand the important concepts of the Scripture by weighing them down with rules and restrictions that are not backed up by the Word of God.

And don’t worship by the devil by not worshipping the devil. It doesn’t happen accidentally. The act of worship is an intentional act.

So don’t worship Satan and enjoy stealing your kids Halloween candy.

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