Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?
 
One of the most controversial issues around this time of the year in the Christian sphere is the celebration of the Halloween. The different approach Christians have on this day have divided leaders and christian communities over the years. 

Halloween is rooted in the Celtic Tradition of sacrificing to the gods in the summer. It is also regarded as the beginning of the Celtic year. During this time it is believed that the lord of death, Samhain, sends evil spirits to attack humans. The only way humanity can survive this phenomenon is to dress up and wear disguises as evil spirits and evil creatures.

Early Christians tried to redirect the focus of the world from the evil spirits through the remembrance of the sacrifices done by great saints and martyrs during this period. Today, due to the heavy influence of the media and marketing approaches, it is impossible to simply ignore Halloween. Christians have adopted it and encouraged children to refrain from the scary costumes to fun costumes like princesses, animals, and superheroes.

What then should we do as Christians during this time the whole world is crazy about evil spirits, horror stories and other similar stuff?

Educate

Truth is our weapon. Act according to the Word and you will not be deceived. This is a great time to emphasize the power of God over darkness, to magnify His goodness over the evils of this world; to preach that the spirit of fear does not come from the Lord.

Reach Out

Rather than avoiding this day altogether, it is best for Christians to be proactive in providing a better alternative for the children and the young people. Instead of succumbing to fear and terror, let Christians create an event that is encouraging and full of joy. Let the Holy Spirit bring joy to the hearts of the people.

Intercede

Aside from the need to create a better alternative for our community, this is also a great time to pray for people and the community the church is in. Let believers stand in the gap for those who celebrate this day not knowing its roots and the intentions behind it. This is the time we go to the Father, with love in our hearts, and ask Him to move into the lives of the people who unknowingly invite evil in their lives.
Should Christians then celebrate Halloween? Absolutely not. At least not for the same reason the world does. Instead of alienating everyone for the sake of being right, we present a much better option. We make every effort to make Jesus known. We become active, especially on this day, in showing the world that we have a Good Father who brings peace, comfort and joy. 

If there is one last thing we can say, do not let this day create further divisions among brothers and sisters in Christ. Our guiding principle must be that if we ever participate or create an event around Halloween, we should always “put on” Christ. And that whatever we do, we do all things as to the Lord.


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