Halloween: WWJ really D?

31 Oct

As usual at this time of year, there’s debate on the intertubes about whether Christians should celebrate Halloween. Or indeed Hallowe’en (we are equal-opportunity punctuationists here at CookieSupermarket, within reason).

J. John offers a robust argument against, citing the way Halloween and dressing up as ghouls, witches or mass murderers causes believers to identify with evil.

A few see it as an opportunity to share the gospel (SPOILER ALERT: you’re among my favourites).

Meanwhile a new (to me, at least) argument from a number of probably liberal/emergent/progressive Christians (the kind who love Jesus, but aren’t all that troubled by what the Bible says…?), claiming Hallowe(‘)en’s history as a day on which to celebrate Jesus’ victory over evil by dressing up as demons and thereby mocking their defeat (example here).

Which means it’s probably time we attempted to ascertain what the fully-God, fully-man Himself thinks.

Which may seem an unlikely feat to those who insist that there is just so much that Jesus never spoke on, but hold on a moment: what is this in the Gospel according to Luke, just after the seventy-two evangelists return to Jesus, overjoyed at being able to cast out demons?

“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
HOWEVER, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:19-20; my emphasis)

That seems clear. And is probably why I’m not writing this while dressed as a witch.

Maybe we need to consult the word of God rather than tradition, if we want to live in the power and light of Christ…?


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