I look around this time of year, and here is what I see: mock cemeteries, plastic skeletons, haggish witches, spiders, ghouls, and the un-dead. Precious children-the epitome of life- are dressed up to appear as corpses. Shows of rampant killings and torture entertain living souls of all ages. Children anticipate with eagerness the nights surrounding this day of death when they will visit the riveting scenes of gore and bloodshed. Screams of pain and terror delight the ears of all in the audience.
In its most hideous forms, the same people that would gasp at the news of a murder, that believe that death is grievous, are celebrating it.
What is Halloween?
It’s a holiday that’s rooted in devil worship and dark superstitions. It has morphed into a vain tradition of lost souls in search of entertainment and fleshly pleasures. It’s a way to glorify and glamorize the thing that the vast majority fear to the utmost: the inevitability of death.
Death is not to be celebrated.
While yes, for most people it is inevitable (pending the rapture), it is not to be glorified, glamorized, or made to be entertainment. It is to be looked upon in one of two ways: in sadness- if the victim of death has gone to eternally die; or in joy- with the knowledge that the redeemed soul went on to be with his or her Savior. While it will be impossible not to encounter the frightening scenes of death and decay around this time of year, let it be a reminder to you: Jesus has already taken care of death; you don’t need to concern yourself with it.
Be concerned with souls, instead.
On the night of this celebration of death, you will have hundreds of living souls coming to your door. Do not ignore them by sitting in your bedroom with your front lights off, pretending that no one is home. Do not take the family out to dinner or decide to play a board game instead. Be ready at your door with a loving heart, a stack of Gospel tracts, a smile, and maybe even a little candy for the souls of trick or treaters who have been the ones tricked into thinking that death is inevitable.
Witness to them.
It’s been our practice to go door to door and in public places telling people about the Savior.
Well, now these people are coming to you. They come in search of something sweet and temporary. You can do better than that. Give them something satisfying and permanent.
It’s so easy to do.
They might not like the life giving pamphlets or comic books you have to offer- at first. They are hoping for a full size Snickers bar or Starbursts. Initially, your offering to their already stuffed bucket of treats might be scoffed at or scorned. Someone might even throw it back at you. That’s okay. Don’t be fazed. Most will take just about anything you could offer. Some will even gladly accept it as a novelty with intrigue and curiosity. “What is this? Something totally different!”
Later on, when their bellies are full of candy and they’re too hyper to sleep- a few of them might just pull out that little comic book. They might even read it and think about what it says. A seed will be planted and they might come to understand what you already know:
Death shouldn’t be celebrated. Death has been conquered.
They could even come to the realization:
“I don’t have to die.”
What peace and joy you will have offered that sweet little soul on this horrible celebration of death! You can tell them that, while our bodies might still have to endure death, our eternal souls never have to.
After their candy is long gone, the message on that little piece of paper you gave will remain with them. It’s so worth it.
Just because you are no longer dead doesn’t mean you shouldn’t concern yourself with those who are. Introduce them to the Life Giver. They’re coming right to your door, looking for a taste of something good.
So give it to them.
“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” Psalms 34:8