Holidays in America (including Halloween)

Americans seem to have a tendency to distort “holidays”.  Consider the following examples:

  1. Christmas – All about Santa, Reindeer, Elves, Presents and food.  Not so much about the Savior coming into the world.
  2. Easter – All about the Easter bunny, eggs and candy, not so much about the Savior who died on a cross in our place taking the punishment we deserved and the rising from the dead proving that He is God.
  3. Memorial Day – just a long weekend to start the summer.  Not so much about all of those who have died to protect the freedoms that we enjoy today.
  4. Independence Day – fireworks and cookout day.  Not so much about celebrating the birth of a great nation founded in the providence of Almighty God by Christians.  Why have we chosen to sing the first verse of the star spangled banner only rather than maybe the 4thverse, which contains these words:Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
    Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
    Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
    And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
  5. Thanksgiving – turkey and football day.  Not so much about what Abraham Lincoln said it should be:“…set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens…”

Then I come to Halloween.  Is it a holiday?  The word holiday once meant “Holy Day”.  For sure Halloween is not a “holy day”.  No matter where you stand on the topic of Halloween, I’m sure you’d agree with that.  The question to me is whether it is worth celebrating.  Most of the other holidays we have seem to be worth celebrating, even the so-called Hallmark holidays (Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc) as well as the ones mentioned above.  They all have merit.  But Halloween, at least the way it is celebrated in the U.S., seems not worthy of celebrating.  The “dark side” of Halloween seems to focus on:

  1. Fear
    1. 1 John 4:18 says “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
    2. 2 Tim 1:7 says “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
  2. Death / Decay (undead zombies who can’t reach the afterlife, graves, etc):
    1. 2 Tim 1:10 says “…the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”
    2. 1 Cor 15:55 says “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
    3. Rom 8:21 says “…the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay…”
  3. Dark spiritual forces
    1. Eph 6:12 says “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

So, while I fully support the idea of kids dressing up in costumes and walking around to get candy (which is precisely why “Trunk or Treat” exists), I don’t think that the “dark side” of Halloween is worth celebrating.

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