A lot of Christians don’t want to celebrate Halloween with all it’s evil spookery and instead choose to celebrate “Fall Festivals” and “Jesus Ween” events in an attempt to sanctify the day and make it holy. There’s nothing wrong with that I guess but let me throw in some thoughts.
Halloween was first known as Reformation Day. This is the date that Martin Luther nailed his Theses to the door at Castle Church in Wittenberg back in 1517. The word Halloween (“All Hallows Eve”) doesn’t show up until 1556, 40 years later. It is a scary day, not because of ghosts and goblins, but because it’s the sight of one of the biggest church splits in all history and we have still never recovered from it.
Maybe it had to happen but the division the reformation has caused between Catholic and Protestant Christians is nothing short of tragic. Now here’s something real to be afraid of on Halloween: Division in the body of Christ. It’s an evil thing and it is never given to us by God. Division in the church is a gift given to us by the Father of lies.
I don’t want to debate if Christians should celebrate Halloween, I’d rather focus on something real. Many powerful people (not all) in the Catholic church had become corrupt and because of their refusal to repent of their sinful ways caused a terrible division in the church.
Now, I don’t think ill toward Catholics. They are my brothers and sisters in Christ. Many Protestants have racked up more than their share of sins and have caused more divisions than I care to think about. Let’s not point fingers “out there” because we have plenty to point at in ourselves. We believers may need to look closer to home to see the real evil that exists around us is not Ghosts,and Goblins. True wickedness is to know what God has called us to but then to ignore it.
If you want to fear something on Halloween, fear God. Fear Him in the Biblical sense, which is to be in awe, filled reverence of Him. To fear God is to obey Him and to mend bridges wherever we possibly can with the healing power of Christ.
I’m not scared of Ghosts and Goblins, that’s all fiction. The real evil is in the church, in believers who say they love God but do all they can to fight the things that would further His will. 2 Corinthians 11:14 says: “for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.” Real evil looks lovely according to the Bible.
What should we really fear this Halloween? Matthew 10:28 has an answer for us: Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.