Is the celebration of Halloween in the 21st century as innocuous as people would have us believe?
As a child I used to love Halloween for all the obvious reasons;
- Free Candy
- Spooky Movies
- Creepy Costumes
I don't think much has changed over the years, as I'm sure most kids still enjoy Halloween for much the same reasons.
Now that I'm older and have "put aside childish ways" (1 Cor 13:11), I view the celebration of Halloween from an entirely different perspective. Since my [spiritual] eyes have been opened to the "Light of Truth", I now understand that Halloween is not the innocuous holiday many make it out to be. In fact, not counting the "dark theme" of Halloween [witches, ghosts, and goblins], there is a much darker side to this "seemingly harmless" holiday that often leads to death; physical as well as spiritual.
- PHYSICAL - (1) Halloween has become as popular a night for over-indulging (booze and drugs) as is New Year's Eve. Each year there are many that die as a result of alcohol poisoning or driving drunk. Drunk drivers also put other people's life at risk as well. (2) The historical tampering of Halloween "treats" with razor blades, poison, or drugs.
- SPIRITUAL - Little-to-no thought [if any] is given to the true nature of Halloween. The disguising of one's self behind a mask [or elaborate makeup], the "spooky" [ghost, vampire, zombie, etc.] costume theme. The shift in costume preference for girls and women is the most pronounced. Dressing up like a princess has lost out to dressing up like a pop-star (think Rhiannon, Lady Gaga, et.al.); and the creepy, old-lady witch has given way to a young, vampy looking witch (think Elvira, TV's'Charmed' or 'Secret Circle').
Halloween, originally based upon superstition and fear, has become a celebration of spiritual [supernatural] darkness and immorality. Many 'Christians' today choose to either focus upon Halloween's origin and dark past, or consider it to be a harmless holiday for children, failing to note the more pervasive and dangerous effect this "holiday" has on our modern culture.
Those who desire to follow Christ cannot afford to take any aspect of life lightly, for there are many adversaries of Christ and his church.
Bible Study: Mark 14:38, Luke 11:34-36, John 3:19, John 8:12, John 12:35, John 12:46, Rom 13:12, 2 Cor 4:6, 2 Cor 6:14, Eph 5:6-17, Eph 6:12, 1 Thess 5:5-8, 1 Pet 1:3-2:12, 1 John 1:5-6.