I’m still getting all kinds of questions about Halloween and it’s really very simple; it is an official religious holiday for the worship of the dead.
It has been so for more than a thousand years.
This is not new information.
This is not a secret, a trick or an innovative interpretation. This is just a fact.
If you don’t like the idea of participation in this kind of worship then don’t participate but we can’t pretend it’s really something else or immune to an identifiable history and meaning.
For those of you that are asking if it is really a satanic holy day, or a Christian holy day, I prefer to think of it as a day of pagan worship created by and practiced by the christian church. The idea that paganism has not influenced Christian faith and practice or that ostensibly Christian peoples have not invited or invented non-christian or even anti-christian practices is ridiculous.
Nobody is better at idol making than Christians.
Really, I’d put our people up against anybody out there.
Does that Christians made something up make it a Christian thing? Not at all. I think the whole point is that the “Regulative Principle of Worship” is a necessarily implied Biblical norm; that we only do in Christian worship what God has said to do and that we don’t do anything that he hasn’t said to do. That’s the rule.
What about if we do it without such worship? Well I would hope so. But even then it’s an awkward bit of psychological acrobatics to practice the strange functions without the weird meanings and the mysterious purpose.
Do I say that a person cannot do so in good conscience? Well that’s the thing about conscience, it’s pretty malleable. Conscience is a good thing but it is not a rule of faith and practice.
And I don’t really have time to judge another person’s conscience in every little thing. If anything, you’d better make a very clear minded decision on these things so that you don’t fall into error. For the Christian all things are clean but not all things are beneficial. Be careful that you’re not guilty by what you allow or by what you condemn.
If you’re going to need to judge your brother or sister I’d suggest you save it for something important. Not lollipops and tootsie rolls.
God will judge his servants as he sees fit.
“As for me and my house” and you know the rest.