Don’t Be A Halloweenie This #Halloween

randomlychad  —  October 31, 2013 — 2 Comments

Today begins the time of year known as Hallowmas. It is a time of remembering the faithful departed who have gone before us. According to Wikipedia, Hallowmas is:

“Hallowmas, also known as the Triduum of All Hallows (Triduum of All Saints), is the triduum encompassing the Western Christian observances of All Hallows’ Eve (Hallowe’en), All Saints’ Day (All Hallows’) and All Souls’ Day, which last from October 31 to November 2 annually. Hallowmas is a time to remember the dead, including martyrs, saints, and all faithful departed Christians.The dates of Hallowmas were established in the 8th century AD.”

Further, the word Halloween is itself a contraction of the phrase “All Hallow’s Eve.” Wikipedia states that word itself is of Christian origin:

“The word Halloween or Hallowe’en dates to about 1745 and is of Christian origin. The word “Halloween” means “hallowed evening” or “holy evening”. It comes from a Scottish term for All Hallows’ Eve (the evening before All Hallows’ Day). In Scots, the word “eve” is even, and this is contracted to e’en or een. Over time, (All) Hallow(s) E(v)en evolved into Halloween. Although the phrase “All Hallows'” is found in Old English (ealra hālgena mæssedæg, mass-day of all saints), “All Hallows’ Eve” is itself not seen until 1556.”

Be that as it may, it seems that the holiday may in fact be Christianization of an older, pagan celebration. But so what? So are Christmas and Easter. (We’ve been in the business of chrisrianizing things for a long, long time). Yet we have no problem celebrating those holidays. Furthermore, we (as Christians, and as Americans) seem have no problem celebrating holidays created by our government:

Independence Day
Memorial Day
Veteran’s Day
Labor Day
MLK Day (well, some of us have a problem with this one. But we’re not going there)

Getting dressed up, and going door to door, for candy is no more pagan than getting up and getting dressed for work. And I frankly don’t understand what it is that we as Christians are supposed to be fearful of this time of year? Doesn’t the Bible say “Greater is He Who is in Me than he who is in the world?” Thus it doesn’t matter what the pagans, the non-Christians, or satanists intend for this day, right?

As it also says in Scripture, “This is the day that the Lord has made. Rejoice and be glad in it.”

Every. Day. Is. The. Lord’s. Day folks. We would do well to not forget that. And it would do us all a bit of good to be Bereans, and investigate the faith we claim to hold.

Instead of looking down our noses at our brothers and sisters who choose to celebrate today differently than we do. The fact of the matter is that shaming, or berating, someone with our convictions is just about the fastest way to get them to run the other way.

The truth is that neither keeping, or not keeping, Halloween is even the thing. The thing is Jesus, and what we do, or don’t do, with Him. But let’s not put people off of Him by acting as the gatekeepers of orthodoxy for everyone, okay?

They has folks like that in Jesus’s day; they were called Pharisees.

Don’t be a halloweenie this Halloween, okay?

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  • My kids didn’t do Halloween growing up. Would I make the decision I made at 26 now that I’m 45. Maybe not. I don’t get worked up either way now.

    • Yeah, me either, Larry. It just seems like our concerns override this opportunity we have to be “in the world, but not of it” by actually meeting our neighbors.

      That said, it’s not the same world you and I grew up in, and for that reason my kids go to a church festival.