Pastor's Corner

31 Oct
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Mid-Week Challenge

Halloween, love it or hate it, for most of us, someone will be knocking on our door this evening.  So what’s a Christian to do?  For some Christians this evening marks an event they have been waiting all year for and for others, they just rather it would go away all together.  No matter which camp you choose to land, Halloween is one of those cultural events you cannot ignore.  There are countless websites, books and commentators who have shared their opinion both pro and con but an honest look tells Believers that we must come down somewhere in the middle.  In fact, most of the scary symbolism associated with the holiday today has nothing to do with the actual event.  (there is a good historical overview here: 

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/panmankey/2013/10/halloween-traditions/).  The Halloween we know today has most of its origins in Hollywood.  The name “Halloween” means “holy evening” or “all hallows eve” when Catholic Christians prepared for the Feast of All Saints on November 1st many years ago.  So why continue to participate today? Halloween is projected to top $9 billion in sales which makes it second only to Christmas, right? Wrong.  We actually spend more on our moms on Mother’s Day. http://www.meetcrg.com/is-halloween-really-the-second-largest-us-holiday/ So why should we give it any attention?  Because so many others do and they don’t even know why.  I like how Kirk Cameron puts it: "Halloween gives you a great opportunity to show how Christians celebrate the day that death was defeated, and you can give them Gospel tracts and tell the story of how every ghost, goblin, witch and demon was trounced the day Jesus rose from the grave. Clearly no Christians ought to be glorifying death, because death was defeated, and that was the point of All Hallows Eve." https://www.christianpost.com/news/kirk-cameron-on-halloween-christians-should-have-the-biggest-party-on-the-block-128345/  You might ask, “isn’t the day death was defeated called Easter?” Yes, but for Christians who understand the death and resurrection of Jesus we should live like every day is Easter.  Any time we can bring attention to the only Person who has defeated death we should take advantage and tell others of how they too can escape eternal damnation through Him!  

I like how John Stonestreet at BreakPoint sums it up: “If you can’t in good conscience participate in Halloween, there are plenty of other things to celebrate this time of year: Reformation Day, All Saints Day on November 1, the beauty of fall’s changing colors, and as always, the sovereignty of God and the victory of Christ over everything.  And if you and your kids do enjoy a little spooky stuff, just remember, monsters should point us to God. No story worth listening to lacks a villain. And no villain worth fighting lacks monstrosity.” https://www.christianheadlines.com/columnists/breakpoint/to-boo-or-not-to-boo-what-christians-should-do-with-halloween-2018.html  It would be great if on the evening that has come to be associated with fear in our culture, you and I might lead someone to the Savior who expels all fear in love! (1 John 4:18). 

Tonight, leave the front porch light on and engage your culture with the love of Jesus.  Only God knows how He might use an encounter you might have for Him!  

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

 

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