October is the month we think of ghosts and goblins, and all things scary. Not my favorite theme for such a beautiful time of year. At this time of year, it is very difficult to resist the temptation to participate in Halloween or some other alternative program! However, God’s Word reminds us not to be conformed to the world’s ways.
I have always struggled with the alternatives more than Halloween itself. That’s because as believers we shouldn’t want to provide a substitute to a pagan holiday! There’s so much fun attached to Halloween, but its pagan roots have been forgotten. Compromise always leads to confusion among our kids. We made the decision when our boys were small that we would not participate in any fashion. They were quite content to sit outside and warn those who might want trick or treat candy that we didn’t celebrate Halloween. I was mortified at first, then realized that in their innocence, they had the freedom and courage to do what I was too embarrassed to do! Praise God for them! It is so important to teach our kids a Biblical worldview so they can discern God’s way.
I remember when our family first moved into our neighborhood that the older folks were looking forward to our young children coming by for candy in their costumes. We explained that as Christians we didn’t participate in Halloween. They thought we were cruel and slightly nutty. The next day, one nice old gentleman came to our home to give our mistreated darlings their candy, asking abruptly if they could have it. We said yes, thinking it would be wrong to deprive him of his joy. Even adults fight peer pressure to conform to the world!
It is difficult not to catch the ‘fear of man’ syndrome. We all struggle with compromise, and sometimes it seems easier just to give in rather than make waves. Some have experienced tremendous heartache and trauma for standing for righteousness and refusing to conform to the world’s ways. Yet, we must learn to overcome fear and continue to serve the Lord in truth and righteousness.
“And I said, Who art thou Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom I now send thee, To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.” Acts 26:15-18