The Devil is sneaky. He is crafty. Most of his lies come to us with some truth embedded in them. Outrageous lies such as, “Jesus is not God” are easily spotted by Christians. But lies that come to us with some truth, like, “Jesus is God and did die for you (truth), but you need to add a little something to complete your salvation (false)” are not as easy to spot and reject all the time. They are more persuasive.
That makes me wonder, is the Devil really dumb enough to say, “I know how we can get the world! Have them dress up like demons and such and go ask for candy!”? Did he create halloween (as many Christians make it seem he did) so that on one night of the year millions of Christians will fall into demon worship?
Maybe. I don’t know the history of Halloween and I know some wicked stuff goes down on the holiday (much like…every day of the year). But maybe Satan is smarter than that.
Maybe Satan’s strategy on halloween is much more crafty. Maybe what seems to be obviously Satan, isn’t. Maybe his strategy is to get Christians so scared of Halloween, so against it, that the one day of the year everyone is knocking on our doors, we are not home, busying partying at our church event we might have started to protect ourselves. Maybe he wants us to huddle up at a fall festival, so that the one day of the year the world is knocking on our doors, we decided to peace out, and hang out with each other, and “protect” our kids. Maybe Satan is so crafty, he has figured out a way to keep us from realizing what a great opportunity we have every Oct. 31st; an opportunity to meet our neighbors and make memories for kids as they receive free, unearned, undeserved gifts (kind of like our salvation).
I’m not saying we shouldn’t do fall festivals, etc. I don’t care to talk about that and no one cares what my opinion is. But I am saying let’s toughen up, stop acting so scared of a 4 year old in a demon costume, give the kid some skittles, meet his parents who put him in the demon costume in the first place, and send them on their merry way. Let’s be for our neighbors and neighborhoods. This is a much happier life, making much of Jesus by engaging with our community. It’s good for us and glorifying to God.
I did not do anything last night, not because I think Halloween is evil. I’m just admitting I didn’t. But I’m looking forward to next year already.