Much of my ministry is focused on helping people awaken to the reality of death by preaching God’s word. Halloween, makes death out to be cool, funny and trivial. Biblically, death is a curse. Death is the end of this life but it is the pathway to not only the life to come but to eternal judgment as well (Heb. 9.27). Having performed numerous funerals and looked down upon a person’s casket and grave, there is nothing in the world that should trivialize death for the believer.
Glorifies the Demonic
Our culture has become obsessed with making much out of what they call scary themes. Haunted houses, zombie apocalypses and more. Much of what is pawned off as harmless celebration relies on biblical themes which are ultimately demonic in nature. Witchcraft, sorcery, demon-possession, Satan, demons etc. None of these themes however are ever used positively in Scripture and certainly not used for entertainment or “fun.” The realm of the demonic represents all that is hostile to God, contrary to Christ and ultimately condemned by God.
Halloween is also a high holy day for serious Satanism. Covens around the world gather in secret places to engage in the most unthinkable evil under the sun on this night. But even in the most harmless ‘trick or treat’ celebration of Halloween, it is nevertheless, Christless. It has no redeeming value whatsoever. That is simply the truth. It does not promote good moral standards of any kind. Many costumes today focus mainly on the outrageous. Adults take the opportunity to dress up usually as an excuse to dress less. Even the secular media recently put out a story on the sad state of women’s costumes today arguing that Halloween has become not only immodest but debauched. At the end of the day, Halloween is a sort of mindless celebration that gets you a ton of candy, but like candy, it really has no nutritional value in the end.
What do I do?
In our on way, my family attempts to redeem this “holiday” by engaging it evangelistically. For years, we have used it as a springboard to evangelize the neighbors with gospel tracts, and witnessing encounters, and making our presence felt in the community that we care about them enough to greet them with the gospel at the door. The way I see it, ‘if you are going to come to my door for candy, I am going to give you the gospel as well.’ I will trade the infinitely trivial for the infinitely meaningful. Finally, I realize that so many in the church today have absolutely no problem celebrating Halloween, and are not moved by the reasons given above. I realize parents have no problem dressing their children up as princesses and pirates (harmless in itself). However, in the final analysis I see Halloween as a perfect opportunity for the Church to stand out and be separate from the culture in order to redeem the biblical tenets that people on this unholy day distort.
Soli Deo Gloria
Emilio Ramos is the preaching pastor of Heritage Grace Community Church. Pastor Emilio is committed to the expository and exegetical teaching of the Word of God. Emilio is also the author of Convert, From Adam to Christ and the founder of redgracemedia.com- a media ministry devoted to the glory of God’s redemptive grace through Jesus Christ. He and his wife Trisha live in Dallas, TX.