Finding Middle Ground at Halloween
The celebration of Halloween can put many Christians in an awkward position. Do we embrace the holiday, unsettling aspects and all, or do we totally ignore it, pulling ourselves out of the world for one day a year? Or is there an appropriate middle ground a Christian can comfortably ascribe to?
In today's Greensboro News & Record, the Rev. Stephen Crotts, who is the teaching pastor at Adams Farm Community Church in Jamestown, North Carolina, shares his personal study of the origins of the holiday and how he believes today's Christians can . . . approach Halloween. (The version found in today's print edition of the N&R is just a mere excerpt of Crotts' complete essay, which can be found in its entirety online here.)
Here's a sampling from Crotts' essay:
[A] way to celebrate is to remember that Christ is real and He is far more powerful than Satan and death put together! In John 14, Jesus said, "I'm going to die, I will conquer death, build Heaven with space for you, and then I'm going to come and get you!" So death, evil, and sorrow - they are very real. But not to fear! Christ is also real. And He can fix it all if you work with Him. When I come to October 31, I need to celebrate! The heat of summer is passed, the harvest is in, and the trees are in their autumn glory. I want to shout!
And when I think of evil, death, and darkness I flee to Jesus and find light, life, love and goodness! Christ has conquered Satan, risen victorious over death! And I shout Hallelujah!