Welcoming A New Member To Our Family

Maybe you didn’t notice, but I have been away for a few days. I know, a shocker! On Monday morning, October 22nd my wife gave birth to our second child, Paisley Isabella. She was born before ten, and the whirlwind of friends and family began visiting. We didn’t expect to see her until late that afternoon or early evening. What a little blessing she has already been. It has been fun watching Alexis (our first-born) take to her and start to ask to hold the baby.

Paisley Isabella

Unfortunately, we did not all come home Wednesday night. Paisley’s bilirubin became elevated and she was taken to the NICU. Apparently there was a tear in the placenta that allowed their blood to mix. Mommy and baby”s blood types do not match, and so my wife’s body began rejecting the pregnancy. Thankfully we had scheduled an induction and she came quick. So now the little one is still fighting off her mommies blood cells and dealing with the elevated bilirubin. This morning they removed the last of the UV lights and we are expecting her to come home tomorrow.

It is hard to leave your newborn at the hospital and climb into your own bed at night. The sight of the empty crib was not an easy one. But we knew that our little blessing was being cared for by some of the best at the hospital. As we visited the next few days, I became more and more thankful for Paisley’s health. She may not have been ready to go home, but there were other families dealing with more difficult situations than ours. I am very thankful to God that despite the complications, she was never in danger.

A previous entry (Do Not Worry About Tomorrow) was about not allowing worry to paralyze us in our daily lives. Worry and anxiety can keep us from experiencing God because we are allowing those worries to become greater than our faith. So this morning I wanted to share some scripture that has been helpful in my walk with God and especially this past week.

Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.

Isaiah 26:4

We trust the Lord because he has always been. In our societies we often listen to the advice and opinions of those who have lived longer than us. God has created everything that we know, and the things not yet known. He is beyond our restrictions of time and space. He created space and time for our lives on earth. The creator is not hindered by his creation. So God is the one being with absolute knowledge and knows what we need.

For you formed my inward parts;

you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Wonderful are your works;

my soul knows it very well.

My frame was not hidden from you,

when I was being made in secret,

intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed substance;

in your book were written, every one of them,

the days that were formed for me,

when as yet there was none of them.

Psalm 139:13-16

My little girl has experienced a rough start in life, but I know that God formed her exactly as she is. He planned her body and consciousness long before we met her. He has built her and he alone can sustain her. He knows what lies ahead in this life and the next for our little Paisley. Her future is not uncertain. This verse leads me to praise my God for his mighty works. All of the many miracles that took place to form this chld, the many that have taken place in the life of our almost two-year old, and those that their mother and I have experienced. It truly saddens me to think that so many go through life never acknowledging or celebrating these miracles.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Jeremiah 29:11

As I look at my two girls, I am comforted by the fact that God is aware of everything they will go through in this life. He knows the difficulties they will see and the pleasures they will experience. I know that even through the most difficult times they and I can trust him.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for god, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:29

For those who put their hope in the Lord, we know that God has promised that our future is certain. We are sure of our eternity. Not because we are righteous, but because Jesus has shared his righteousness with us. Because of this, we have hope through our difficulties. We know that the storms that come have a clear sky behind them, even if that clear sky is not in this life. That is why we can face the uncertainties of this life. Because we know that our God is in control and that he has declared that all things will work to our good.

Proud Daddy

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The Enemy Is Seeking To Devour Our Children

Source: Target.com
Girls Hello Kitty Costume

Warning! I am going to vent a little…

I hope the image to the left disgusts you as much as it disgusts me. I felt sleazy just looking it up. But I wanted you to know what I was talking about. My wife and I were walking through the Halloween section of our local Target looking for a Halloween bucket for our almost two-year old. My daughter was enjoying looking through the costumes when we came across this Girls Hello Kitty costume. At first I didn’t notice it was for little girls, and I thought it was in the wrong section! Then I saw the face of the young lady who is modeling the outfit. I was astonished that this outfit would be produced and marketed for young girls. I cannot imagine someone buying this for their 12-15 year old!?

I am the father of two very young girls, and I cannot imagine what type of father would allow his little princess to walk out his front door with this costume on. Our society is constantly teaching our little girls that they must be harlots to be noticed. And our young men are being taught that women are objects of their fantasies and sexual desires. Where is feminist outrage over this absurd exploitation of our little girls?

Fathers we must teach our little girls how they should expect to be treated as ladies. They need to know they can be loved without being sexualized. They need you to give them attention, and teach them what it means to be loved and cared for. We must teach them how to respect themselves.

Fathers we must teach our young boys to respect girls. Our society teaches our young men to perceive girls as objects for exploitation or prizes to be won by being deceptive. We have a grave responsibility to teach these young boys how to be men and how to treat women.

Mothers you have a responsibility to teach little girls how to be ladies. I know that you want to be their best friend when they get older, but the best way to do that is to be their mother now. They will respect and love you for this. They need you to model what it means to be a woman. They need you to support them, but they also need you to teach them that they are not sexual objects.

Mothers you set an example to your little boys of what to expect from a woman. They will most likely marry someone who reminds them of their mother (although most of us do not notice until after we have been married a few years). You have the responsibility to show your young man how a woman should expect him to treat them.

I know this is a lot of responsibility. But it is the job that we accepted when we decided to become parents. We cannot allow our society to teach our little girls to become harlots, and we must teach our young men to treat women with respect. Allowing your little girl to leave the house dressed in this sexually provocative costume accomplishes neither of these. Be vigilant parents, the enemy is seeking to devour your precious children.

Do Not Worry About Tomorrow

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Matthew 6:25-34

It has been almost two years since my wife gave birth to our daughter. We were supposed to be at the hospital at midnight, but a winter ice storm was moving in, so we left before 10 pm. I was pretty nervous as we pulled onto our street. It had already started sleeting and the road was already becoming slick. The drive was uneventful, and the hospital let us go on to our room. We settled in, and by that evening I was holding my first-born.

She was born wide-eyed

Alexis Grace was born with her eyes wide open. She seemed eager to experience the world. At twenty-two months, she still sees the world as that wide-eyed little girl. We went to the park today and enjoyed the beautiful fall weather that east Tennessee is experiencing. It was a fun day of slides, bubbles, swings, squirrels and a walk through the woods.

In about thirty hours my wife and I are headed to the hospital to meet our newest little girl (that is if she doesn’t decide to come earlier), Paisley Isabella. For the past few weeks we have been getting things ready in our home for our new arrival. Alexis has moved from the crib to her Big Girl Bed. I have heard her say, “I am a big girl!” enough to almost make me cry. The crib is ready for Paisley, she has a new rocker, the infant car seat is installed into the Mommy-mobile, and all of the cameras have fresh batteries. We are set… except I need to pack my bag.

Today I have been thinking about those first few moments after Alexis’ birth. Her eyes were so large, and she was looking so intently into my eyes. I remember melting all at once. I remember bringing her home for the first time. And I remember the first time I brought her downstairs for a midnight feeding. She was still learning how to eat (if you haven’t had a child maybe you don’t know this, but they have a hard time figuring this out), and I had a little scare as she became choked. I had a moment of panic and started to worry. After she spit-up (they do that a lot in the beginning too) and everything was okay I sat there holding my 5 pound little girl, and began to marvel at how much God takes care of me. Seeing her vulnerability and reliance on me made me look at my relationship with God in a completely new light. Before that moment I still tried to do things on my own. I don’t know if I would have admitted it, but I was very self-reliant. But after that night, I understood how much I needed God.

Last week in our small group I had the opportunity to speak with my eighth grade young men about how fragile life is. In our city a high school student recently collapsed on his school’s gym floor because his heart stopped! The coach quickly administered CPR, but had he not been there this young man would have died that day. Our lives are fragile. There is so much outside of our control that keeps us alive. I explained to them how God is not only our creator but our sustainer.

There is no need in worrying, for God is in control. There is no need in anxiety, God cares for you. I can rest at night knowing that if my life were to end, God has promised me an eternal presence in His Kingdom. Not because I am good, not because I am worthy, but because he loves me. I know that God loves me because he sent his son from Heaven to share himself with us. I have been asked why Jesus’ death would be necessary for man’s salvation. The person asking felt that it was ridiculous that God would ask such a thing when he could have given any requirement that he saw fit. Jesus died so that we would know how much God loves us, and knowing that God loves us that much we then get to decide if we will love him back.

Re-read the account of Jesus’ teaching as it was written by a former tax collector. And remember, you do not have to live a life of worry.

The Narrow Way

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Matthew 7:13, 14

Some people think Christians take pleasure in these verses. They believe we carry them around like a badge. The reality is that as believers in Christ Jesus these verses should scare us to our very cores. Jesus says that many will choose the way that leads to destruction, but few will follow the path that leads to life. Have you ever stopped to think of what salvation is? I explained it to a friend the other day; this is basically what I said,

“God created this world as a beginning for our eternity. He created mankind to love, but he has given each and every one of us the ability to choose acceptance of his love or to reject it. Those who choose God’s love will one day be snatched away from this temporal zone, and experience the perfected life that God has always planned for us in his presence. However, those who do not choose God’s love will not be permitted into everlasting perfection. Instead they will be placed with the rebellious angels and Satan in the abyss. All of this… this is just the beginning. This isn’t real.”

Have you seen the movie The Matrix? The lead character, Neo, is offered a choice. Continue his existence as it is, or experience real life. All he had to do was take a red pill. Our faith is not all that different from the red pill of The Matrix. Believing faith in the Lord Jesus’ sacrificial atonement for our sin will open our eyes to the real world, and allow us to escape that which is not. But Jesus taught that only a few would accept this faith, but many would follow the path that leads them to destruction. Even worse, Jesus knew that some would take his offer and corrupt it. Creating something just as terrible, but also deceptive.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Matthew 7:21-23

Do you assume that everyone who attends worship service on a regular basis at your church is a follower of Christ? Do you ever look over the crowd and wonder who has placed their eternal livelihood in the hands of Jesus? Sometimes I sit in the balcony at my church and I look over the crowd. I wonder if Billy Graham is correct in his assertion that only 15-25 percent of those attending church on Sunday are actual born again believers in Jesus. Can it be that all these people standing during this worship set, with arms lifted high, eyes closed,… could they still be lost in their sins?

Reading Jesus’ words… it should wake us up. How can we go-about church “as normal” knowing many will miss the narrow way that leads to life? We can’t. Jesus spent all of his time, all of his effort trying to share the Gospel with the world around him. He made sure that every interaction, every conversation was an opportunity to share God’s love with those who were around him. This is the job he has given the church. This is our calling. It doesn’t matter if you are a pastor, a teacher, a deacon, if you care for the infants at your church, if you are a lawyer, a CPA, a dentist, a mechanic, a shoe salesman, work at a fast food restaurant, are on a football team, basketball team, soccer team, or if you are a student in school your calling is to be God’s witness to those around you. Your appointment as a believer in Jesus Christ is that of an ambassador. You have been entrusted with sharing the good news of Jesus with everyone around you. We have all been given this responsibility. Not that you must preach from the street corners, but that you are to model your life after our savior and allow his love to flow out into the world around you. You… We have been shown the way, and it is our responsibility to point others in the right direction.

Could the Decline of the Protestant Majority Be a Good Thing For the Kingdom of God?

A new study by the Pew Forum has gained a lot of attention lately. The study found that Protestants are not the majority in the United States of America. The news may come as quite a surprise for some, but many who have been following the trend saw this coming. The question is, should we be worried?

Farewell to the American Protestant Majority

I have really come to enjoy Dr. Moore’s writings on his blog and those published on the Christian Post. When I saw this headline on the CP I was intrigued. As I came to the end of the article I realized that Dr. Moore is correct. The spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been hindered by the abundance of false Christian beliefs.

Frankly, we should be more concerned about the loss of a Christian majority in the Protestant churches than about the loss of a Protestant majority in the United States
Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/farewell-to-the-american-protestant-majority-83158/#WxQWJu21XCZsiISp.99

Dr. Moore makes an excellent point. We should be more worried about how the church is misrepresenting Jesus than we should be concerned about the decline of those who identify themselves as Christian. If the church is corrupted by false doctrines that spread quickly due to affiliation with churches… the outcome is the same.

Sometimes animists, Buddhists, and body-pierced Starbucks employees are more fertile ground for the gospel than the confirmed Episcopalian at the helm of the Rotary Club. Accordingly, evangelicals will engage the culture much like the apostles did in the first century-not primarily to “baptized” pagans on someone’s church roll, but as those who are hearing something new for the first time. There may be fewer bureaucrats in denominational headquarters, but there might be more authentically Christian churches preaching an authentically Christian gospel. Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/farewell-to-the-american-protestant-majority-83158/#WxQWJu21XCZsiISp.99

My sister once asked me why a church would focus on world missions when there are so many hurting in our own cities. My answer to her was that when Christians go to the ends of the earth to help others, it allows us an opportunity to share God’s love in practical ways and to share the Gospel of Jesus. But when we do it in America, most have heard it and are desensitized to it. It is hard to share the Gospel in America because many affiliate themselves with being a Christian although they show no signs in their lives of real relationship with the father.

Maybe Dr. Moore is correct. Maybe the decline of the Protestant Majority will be good for the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

God Doesn’t Need A Believer In the White House

White House

In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and put it in writing:

“Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.”

Ezra 1:1-2

This king of Persia was not a follower of God when he took the Persian throne. Like many other rulers of this world, he was a man of authority that God used in His plans for Israel, the Messiah, and His coming Kingdom. Notice God did not place a follower into power, but He worked through a man who did not know Him. Instead, God used his followers (such as Daniel) to influence this king.

 Sometimes we get too caught up in the political climate of our culture. Of course we as Americans want representation with similar minds to our own, but sometimes we must trust that God knows what he is doing. Believers must accept that the person placed in power was placed there by God, and rest in the fact that God will use him or her to fulfill His plans. God’s will is not dependent on who is in charge. I am sure that no one expected Xerxes to spare the Hebrews when Esther pleaded for their safety. When King Herod called for a census that forced Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem he was unaware that God was fulfilling prophesy. No one expected Constantine to declare Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire. These examples and more, God used. God still reigns. And God is in control.

Thank you Father for your faithfulness. Thank you for your Grace and your Mercy. You alone are God, and no one can stand against you. We see in Your Word and in history that you have orchestrated the events that have led us to our present day. We know that this sinful world has produced many horrible things, but we also know that you have led men and women to stand against those evils! Sometimes in your name and sometimes not. Thank you for the peace that come from knowing this. Whether our rulers are the ones that we agree with our not, we know that there is a God in Heaven who knows how the story ends. All of history, the present, and the future are contained in your pen, oh Lord. You control my destiny, and no matter where it leads I will praise you!

I Need A Shepherd

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

John 10:11

If you were raised in church, or maybe you have been attending a church recently, you may have heard the analogy of Jesus as our Good Shepherd. This isn’t some imagery the church has crafted because it is cute. Jesus identified himself as our Good Shepherd (of course he also identified himself as the sheep gate, but he was working a tough crowd).

Overgrown path

Overgrown path (Photo credit: Martin Dixon)

Life has become pretty unstable recently. Not all in a bad way, but things seem to be really crazy in my life. There are some concerns at work (if you are not experiencing concerns at work I thank God for your good fortune!), I am having difficulty staying ahead of my coursework this semester, our family has experienced what seems like two months of sickness, I am struggling with the time I have to devote to ministry, and our second daughter is due in two weeks! Right now, in my life, I could use a shepherd. I know some people view religion as a crutch, and we often try to explain that away. But sometimes, when life gets tiring, I am glad that I have a Good Shepherd willing to lead me.

Life is too crazy and too fast paced to simply wander aimlessly. I want my life to be filled with purpose. And I know that Jesus is the shepherd to continue guiding me to that purpose. I am thankful for his guidance in my life, and for all of the ways he leads me in a direction I sometimes question. The path occasionally looks intimidating (He once led his disciples into a storm!), but I recognize my shepherd knows where he is guiding me. And I know that his destination for me is far greater than anything I could envision on my own.

Are We Intentional?

And he had to pass through Samaria. So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman from Samaria came to draw water.

Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”

The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.”

Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”

John 4:4-15

There is so much to be learned from the account of Jesus’ interaction with the Samaritan woman at the well. One of the first things to grab me about this encounter is Jesus’ intentionality in his ministry.

Flowing water in Jotunheimen

Flowing water From: http://www.flickr.com/

I do not believe it was by accident Jesus chose to stop at Sychar nor was it a coincidence that he stopped at the well of Jacob. Jesus waited at the well at the warmest time of the day! And he waited there for this woman to come to the well. John tells us in his writing that Jesus’ disciples had left him to buy food in town. So Jesus is alone, at the well, during a time in the day people do not go to retrieve water.

Every journey, every path, every foot step of Jesus’ ministry was intentional. He didn’t bump into this woman at the well by accident, He was there by divine appointment. He was there to meet this woman.

Are we intentional in the ministries that God has trusted us with? Are we constantly seeking to share Christ’s love in our homes, at our work, at school, at the supermarket, the ball field, or even in the fast food line? We may not have Jesus’ supernatural timing, but we should try to be intentional with every moment? Are we aware of the opportunities that pass us every single day?

Just like Jesus we have Living Water to share with thirsty people. We should always be intentional when it comes to looking for those who thirst.

The Great Autumn Debate

It is that time of year again. In east Tennessee we are experiencing cool morning and evenings with mild temperatures during the day. Fall is in the air. I am fortunate to live in the Appalachian region of our country, and autumn is a beautiful time of year here. The trees shed their chlorophyll and beautiful orange, red, and brown fills the landscape. The Smoky Mountains are a great place to visit during fall.

Autumn also brings about the beginnings of the holiday seasons . November is busy with the preparations of Thanksgiving and the now commercial holiday of Black Friday. In December we all await the 25th when we celebrate Christmas. And of course we end the year with a celebration of New Year’s Eve. This exciting time of year begins with October. As fall becomes obvious, Christians begin the annual discussion of, “Do we celebrate Halloween or not?”

English: Friendly pumpkin Svenska: Vänlig pumpa

Halloween, is it a Pagan or Christian Holiday?

The answer to whether a Christian should participate in Halloween is different depending on your background. Dependent on how much emphasis your family put into celebrating the day. Many have decided to shy away from the holiday, stay at home, turn out all of the lights, and go to bed early. They argue that the holiday is of pagan origin, and many believe it to be a devilish scheme. Some have tried to “Christianize” the holiday with events such as Trunk or Treat or Harvest Festivals. They contend that the holiday is innocent fun and as long as you do not dress like a witch or devil you should be able to Trick-or-Treat enough candy to warrant a few fillings at your next dental appointment.

To better understand the celebration and how a Christian should respond to Halloween, we will take a moment to learn more about the celebrations that helped form our contemporary holiday. The beginnings of Halloween can be found in the Celtic observance of the Festival of Samhain (summer’s end) at the beginning of the Celtic year. The festivals included preparations for the winter as well as religious ceremonies where they offered sacrifices (harvest, animals, and maybe human…) to their gods. Ancient stories describe Samhain as a magical time of the year where spirits wage battle, fairies cast spells, and the barriers that separate the natural and supernatural world were broken or relaxed. Another tradition says that it was believed the dead walked among the living during Samhain.

Although, Halloween may owe its earliest forms to pagan rituals and festivals many aspects of the contemporary holiday actually came from the Church’s observance. The Celtics were later Christianized, but many of their pagan traditions survived. Around 800 A.D. the church established All Saints’ Day on November 1st, and later added All Souls’ Day on November 2nd. All Souls’ Day was a day to pray for and remember those who had died during the year. Observance of All Souls’ Day included ringing bells and prayers for those in purgatory.

It became a traditional belief that souls wandered the earth until All Saints’ Day. In the tradition All Hollows’ Eve provided the spirits last chance to gain vengeance on their enemies. Christians would wear masks and costumes to disguise themselves from the spirits that might torment them. Sound familiar? Even the contemporary game of Trick-or-Treat may have derived from the Christian observance of Hallowmas where the poor would go door to door praying for the dead in exchange for food.

The Reformation leaders took contention against the celebration of All Hallows’ Eve and the Church’s rituals. When the Puritans came to New England they stood against the celebrations. Halloween did not come to America until the Scott Irish migration. In fact the almanacs of the late 18th and 19th centuries do not mention Halloween in any form.

Contemporary Halloween

Maybe you are like me and have fond memories of Halloween nights in your neighborhood. I remember walking our subdivision and having fun with the kids that I grew up with. Halloween was about one thing, candy. Sure there were witches, ghosts, demons, and dead people all around. But I ventured out into the darkness to earn my bag of cavity inducing sugar. For many of you reading this, you probably have the same memories. As a child you did not relate the evening to satanic worship or anything of the sort. I didn’t realize witches were real until the last few years! Contemporary Halloween is not a spiritual observance for the majority of those who choose to celebrate the end of summer by dressing in costumes, attending parties, or taking your child Trick-or-Treating.

Candy corn and candy pumpkins—one of my f...

However, like so many other holidays that are observed by Americans; Halloween has the potential to become something that Christian’s should avoid. As my wife and searched for Halloween costumes for our daughters (they are both going to be Minnie Mouse this year) I was surprised as the amount of provocative costumes. I wouldn’t want my daughters looking through the costume catalogue. This reminds me that many parties may provide for unhealthy situations for Christians. We must not forget that we have been called to live differently from the rest of the world, and we should never take part in things that would lead us to forget our behaviors should reflect the redeemed life. Halloween has a reputation of being a night of mischief. It is important to remember that our faith is not something that we can walk away from one night of the year without repercussions.

Our Response

“Should you or shouldn’t you?” that is the question. The truth is I believe this is one of those areas where you should use your own judgment. If you feel a conviction for celebrating Halloween, than don’t do it. If you see nothing wrong with it, I do not see any reason why you can’t dress up and have fun with your friends. Does Halloween originate from pagan rituals? Yeah, but so does many other holidays and traditions that we celebrate. And many of Halloween’s traditions also come from church history.

Let me say this, my opinion, as long as you are not entertaining the occult or doing anything that goes against the lifestyle of a believer; I do not believe Halloween is of any danger to you as a follower of Christ. It is abundantly clear from the book of Acts that all things cultic are off-limits for the believer (Acts 8, 13, and 19). But if your Halloween is about dressing up as your favorite cartoon character or superhero, going door to door soliciting cavities, enjoying a bon-fire or any other harmless activity associated with this time of year; by all means have a ball.

But remember, in areas where the Bible does not speak directly we must give our brothers and sisters grace when we disagree. No need in arguing over the little things. Remember Paul’s teaching from Romans 14.

Related Reading: Why All the Arguing?

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