I love Fall..don’t you? However, October brings about a very controversial topic for Christians..Halloween-the dreaded Christian Holiday! I have been a Christian for 27 years now and every year I am confronted with the same ol dilemma…to open my door to little trick or treaters or keep my lights off and block off my stairs! Or just plain leave!
I have a confession to make..up until about 4 years ago we would do the latter…turn the lights off or leave! We would take our kids and go to a Harvest Party or turn out the lights and just go into the back room and play games. Many of you will say “Hooray” and do the same thing.. I have a secret to tell you.. the Lord has changed our hearts toward this dark holiday!
I’m not going to go into all of the details of how exactly our hearts changed…it was a process for sure but I just want to share in what ways my heart has changed…so here goes:
- It is the perfect opportunity to reach out in love to the kids in our neighborhoods. Just because kids come to our door with cute little costumes, does not mean they come from cute little families. Families are a mess these days…we need to reach out.
Matthew 10:42 “ And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.”
- God has given us a glimpse of His heart for the lost and a glimpse into the BIGGER picture
1 Cor. 9:22 “To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.”
- God has called us to let our lights shine before man not hide it away.
Luke 8:16 “No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts in under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.”
- God has called us NOT to FEAR the unlovely and lost..I could write a book about this one
- We are also not to fear the enemy of our souls! He should fear the ones that carry God’s resurrection POWER!
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline (sound thinking)”
You know for years I lived being so afraid that I or my children would get a little “dirty” in this world. What a joke right? Considering where I have come from. Yet God peeled the scales off my eyes over some different circumstances and as I stood before Him my heart was laid bare and not hidden to Him…the One who sees everything. He showed me HIS heart for these people and I was crushed. I begged Him for His heart…and He gave it to me.
So I say.. so what if kids go trick or treating. So what if they come to my door in icky costumes. I just smile, give candy and say “Jesus loves you!” Because just maybe they have never heard anyone tell them that before.
I wonder which way of life has had more impact on the kingdom of God..
I thought you might like to know… my kids have been trick or treating now for these 4 years..there hearts belong to and glorify God..they are happy because they have LOADS of candy. They are not tainted by the underlying evil it represents…because they have been taught..and they still love to hand out candy.
Oh and as for my older kids that never trick or treated…. Well all that sheltering did nothing to deter them. They take our Grandchildren trick or treating and love it..oh and eat their candy too! It’s too bad I wasn’t more concerned for their hearts back then rather than being so afraid of how it would look or what power the enemy might have over us if we participated in trick or treating.
I realize that many of you will disagree with me..that’s totally ok..obviously I’ve been there..but really I’m just saying..how important is it? Is it really a heart issue or a fear issue? Just sayin!
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