Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween


I have a feeling that this blog post will get a lot of different opinions, but it's the Reederbunch Blog and we want to share our views of Halloween. Before you celebrate Halloween this year, I ask you to really think and pray about this post.

Years ago, the Reederbunch celebrated Halloween. Both Chris and myself were raised dressing up and going trick or treating. Then, when Chris and I had children, we continued in the tradition. But the more we studied scripture, the more we questioned the appropriated behavior of taking part in the holiday. At first, we allowed our children to participate, only allowing our children to dress up in cute costumes, but soon realized that the Bible tells us in 3 John 1:11 "Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hathnot seen God." We realized that even though we were dressing our daughter as Little Bow Peep w/ her cute little brother as her sheep. We were following evil, when our desire was to be of God. And if we truly believe Jesus to be the Lord of heaven and earth, we had to be obedient to his word. At first it was difficult to break away from the tradition of it all, but who were serving? We praise the Lord that we have not celebrated Halloween in 6 years.

In the words of Doug Philips, "As a people, we no longer fear God. Because we do not fear God, we no longer hate evil (Proverbs 8:13). Instead of hating evil, Americans toy with it. We toy with holidays like Halloween that were conceived in evil and that promote the “cute-ification” of evil, whether that evil takes the form of witchcraft, sorcery, ghoulishness, or some other form of malevolent imagery paraded before our children. We laugh at the very things that the Lord describes as “abominations,” and we find ourselves obsessively fascinated by, and attracted to, all things dark. Yet we do not fear the Lord."

"Halloween was conceived in evil and has remained a celebration that uses children to promote a fascination with darkness and superstitious fear. It makes light of things that the Bible describes as evil. The fear of the Lord makes men turn from evil (Proverbs 16:6)."

"The media wants you to be afraid of everything from overpopulation to global warming. The politicians want you to be afraid of the economy and political instability. God wants you to do what is morally right, trust Him completely, and never be gripped by an ungodly spirit of fear. You can place your trust and hope for this nation in the King of Kings. Jesus said: “And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him” (Luke 12:4-5)."

"Cultures that toy with evil end up being cultures of death. The Christian response is to be a people of life. We need to teach our children to fear God more than man. “Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord” (Psalm 34:11)."

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