What Halloween taught me about Convictions

Halloween is just a few days away. There are cobwebs, skeletons, and other creepy things loaded up on shelves. Costumes hang just a few rows away from the Christmas decorations.

Halloween is an odd holiday for church people. The opinions are varying and sometimes very strong.

Inevitably, many Christian bloggers write about why a Christian shouldn’t celebrate Halloween.

Of course, there are a good many who embrace the holiday and they’re busy writing about costumes, crafts, and creative culinary delights.

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Maybe it’s just my imagination but I think that the two camps secretly think that the other camp is wrong. 🙂 The celebrators want the non-celebrators to loosen up and the non-celebrators want the celebrators to understand why Halloween is a no-no.

Unfortunately, the Bible doesn’t address Halloween specifically. (Although there are many verses that can use to defend either position).

I know that for some people Halloween opinions run deep. For others, there’s really no real consideration one way or the other.

However, after many years in church ministry, I’ve learned a few thing for dealing with the Halloween issue. And almost all these lessons are things I gleaned from Paul’s lesson on food given to idols.

1.Consider your convictions

I’ve met people on both sides of the Halloween spectrum. It can be very easy to listen and base convictions on their words — especially if you’re not sure of your own conviction.

Halloween is a strange holiday because of it’s long, dark history. I would encourage you, if you’ve never really given Halloween a real consideration, do so.

“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. 1 Corinthians 10: 23

Pray about it. Talk to people you trust. Then ask God what you need to do about Halloween. Let God establish your position.

If the pagan root and practices disturb your spirit then just say no to Halloween. If you find no problem with it because of it’s current consumer culture then enjoy.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved. 1 Corinthians 10: 31-33

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2. Stick to your convictions

Holding true to your own convictions can be difficult. Maybe you’ve never done Halloween and now you’re feeling a God given freedom to do so. Or maybe you’ve always done Halloween but you never realized it’s history and now God is moving you to a time of no Halloween-ness.

Change is difficult. Change is ever more difficult when other people won’t really understand.

It’s okay.

As long as you’re in line with the Bible and you know your own heart convictions, you do what you know is right!

For why should my liberty be determined by someone else’s conscience? If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks? 1 Corinthians 10: 29-30

Don’t let someone else’s opinions, convictions, or hang-ups determine your conscience. God works there. Simply follow His prompting.

3.Mind your own business unless very clearly directed otherwise

We are a people who like allies. We want to convince everyone else to think like us.

But maybe God’s not doing in them what He’s doing in you.

Romans 12: 18

Don’t become holier than thou to your non-Christian friends and don’t become obnoxious to your Christian friends. Mind your own business unless God very, very, very clearly speaks to you about convincing others.

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Romans 12: 18

4.Don’t be ashamed of your position but don’t be mean

Okay, so Romans 12: 18 is also applicable here but so is…

This is my defense to those who would examine me. 1 Corinthians 9: 3

Paul knew his convictions. He stood by them and didn’t shy away from answering questions.

But Paul wasn’t usually mean. He didn’t beat people with his words just because someone else at a different place spiritually. He never did something that would cause his spiritual brother or sister stumble (1 Corinthians 8: 7-3)

At the end of the day, what really matters is — Did you show love? Were you a proper example of Christ?

Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. 1 Corinthians 8: 1-2

5.Don’t judge

Have you ever heard the phrase, “The hill I’m willing to die on” or flipped “The hill I’m not willing do die on”?

Basically, is Halloween an issue that you’re willing to fight over?

Probably not.

So, shhh, let each get on with their own convictions.

And, even in secret, don’t judge. Thank God that He is intimate with each of us and working exactly as He knows best.

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Along with same thread…

Abraham Lincoln quotes Jesus when he said a “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” (Matthew 12: 25) While he was referring to a nation a turmoil, Jesus was talking about spiritual issues.

As a Church, when we can’t overcome our disagreement about things like Halloween I wonder what message we’re sending to the world and what’s happening in the spiritual realm.

I don’t know where you stand on Halloween. And what I think isn’t really relevant.

Each person is just a simple part of this big, beautiful body that we call the Church. And each of those people are at a different levels of spiritual maturity.

For every individual, God is working and bring convictions that He sees necessary to work on at that moment of life.

Sometimes I wonder, when we try to place our convictions on others, what does God think?

We like to think that God’s using us at that moment to grow another individual but that can’t always be the case. If it were then we would be doing every person the greatest favor by arguing them into our way of thinking and we would never need someone else to try to argue there point of view into us. No one would every try to argue with us! And everyone would thankful that we beat them into our train of thought! See the weird and backward thinking?

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