Well, today, is Halloween. No matter your position on Halloween, it is an event you simply can’t ignore. It is the second largest commercially celebrated holiday in American grossing an estimated $8 billion in sales. More than likely, tonight, children in costumes will be knocking on your door asking for candy. How cool is that? What an amazing opportunity we have as Christians, to love our neighbors and celebrate with great joy, today (as we do everyday), the life we have in Christ. (I really appreciated Ed Stetzer’s post Don’t Waste the Opportunity: 4 Reasons You Should Go Trick or Treating This Weekend for more insight on this topic.)
Let’s make our homes the most welcoming ones in our neighborhoods as we meet and greet parents, children, and our community. Pray, celebrate, and may the love of Christ be evident to all who knock on our door.
I understand that some of the history of this event is not in line with our beliefs as Christians. But here are some truths to remember this Halloween:
- Confidence in Christ.
“You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
- Love and learn from children.
Jesus, however, invited them: “Let the little children come to Me, and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you: Whoever does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Luke 18:16-17
- No fear.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom should I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – whom should I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
- Nothing can separate us from God’s love.
“No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers, height or depth, or any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!” Romans 8:37-39
- Love your neighbors.
“He said to him, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.'” Matthew 22:37-39