Halloween – I’m not going to write a new rant on Halloween this year, click here to read the one I wrote last year. After reading the post, be sure to read at least the first two comments; I probably should amend the post by including those footnotes in the article.
Christians – Here’s another thought to keep in mind: we should be Christ-like toward each other. If you have Christian friends, co-workers or relatives that do not celebrate Halloween, please don’t study up on it and accost them. Don’t e-mail someone a link to my blog and brag about how right you are/wrong they are, etc. If I saw a Christian brother who was putting his marriage in danger by spending too much time with a female friend, then I have an obligation to say something. Maybe he doesn’t even realize, or perhaps he assumes no one has or will notice. That would be one thing. If my neighbor does not hand out candy on Halloween, then that’s another entirely. I have to respect his doing what he feels is best for his family.
If you read those first two comments on that post I linked, you will be reminded that celebrating Easter and Christmas are extra-biblical. So many details about how to live as Christians in our particular culture have to be worked out by each believer. We are all on the same side. Christians should not be cannibalistic and apt to devour our own. Infighting hurts the witness and testimony of us all. If we can’t love each other, how can we love those in the world? The un-saved and un-churched need to see Christians treat each other the way we would each like to be treated.