The Light of Halloween
Every year I’m baffled by all of the excitement and hoopla surrounding Halloween.
Obvious reasons why kids like halloween
Don’t get me wrong, I fully understand why children get excited about free candy. Free candy! What’s not to like about that? You want to give me a box of Nerds? Go for it!
It’s also obvious why children like to dress up in costume. Who wouldn’t like to dress up as Darth Vader and run around the neighborhood with a plastic lightsaber?
Hot apple cider? I get it. Carving pumpkins? I get it. I get all of that.
What I don’t understand is why fully grown adults make such a big deal about it. Apparently, Halloween is second only to Christmas in the amount of money Americans spend for a holiday. Amazing.
Costumes designed to be as grotesque and evil appearing as possible– entire front yards are turned into pretend graveyards– fully grown adults trying to out do each other with lavish costumes. What exactly are people trying to celebrate?
As a Christian, what am I to do?
In our community there are a few ground rules for trick or treating: children 13 and under go door to door from 6p – 8p. Homes that are participating turn their lights on, homes that are not participating should turn their lights off.
This is my answer
- You are the light of the world. Matthew 5:14
- Hide it under a bushel? No! Matthew 5:15
- Let your light shine! Matthew 5:16
- Let the little children come to me. Matthew 19:14
This Halloween, I’m going to leave the lights on – the light of our home and the light of the gospel. Each child that comes to our door will receive a nice piece of candy and a gospel tract.
After all, it is the only time of the year when countless souls come to our door looking for a free gift… How can I possibly turn off the light?