Saturday, October 31, 2009

Christians and Halloween

Should we dress up and go trick-or-treating? Should we go to the fall festival? Should we try to Christianize a haunted house with a "Judgment House" in order to try and scare the "Hell" out of unbelievers? Halloween is one of those days that many Christians just don't know what to do with.

So how should Christians think about Halloween? Sean Lucas, the senior minister at First Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, MS, provides some very helpful wisdom and clear biblical thinking on the question over at his blog. He provides six observations that help one in thinking through the question. He concludes:
Finally, the general principle of 1 Corinthians 10:31-32 rules all Christian behavior: “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God.” We often think of the first part of this general principle, but not the latter; and yet, they must stay together. If we can participate in Halloween activities to God’s glory and not cause offense to unbelievers or believers, then we should participate freely without concern. For we know that Halloween is nothing and that idols are nothing, but that God has triumphed over all things in Christ, granting us freedom as sons and daughters of God.
Read the entire post here.

Happy Halloween, maybe!

[HT: Mark Garcia]

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