Every year, I read posts all over social media debating whether or not Christians should or shouldn’t celebrate Halloween. I want to weigh in with a view that might surprise you.
Romans 10:9 says that if you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved… unless you let your kids dress up on Halloween and go trick or treating. Then you don’t stand a chance. I’m kidding! The first part is true though, and more important than anything.
Let’s get right to the meat of it, your salvation does not rest on decisions that you make about holidays or even whether or not you think you’re a good person. Your salvation rests solely in declaring that Jesus is Lord and believing that He died for you and was raised from the dead. Period. End of story. Amen and Hallelujah.
Christians can tend to get caught up with debating topics that aren’t foundational truths. If it doesn’t affect your eternity, and you know the conversation may cause division between you and a brother or sister in Christ, then it’s probably best to just leave it alone.
So what’s a Christian to do? I’ll tell you what. Do what you think is right. Discuss it with your spouse and when you come to an agreement that you both feel good about, go with it. Consider having a talk with your kids either way about why you do or don’t celebrate Halloween and what it means to your family. Maybe you view trick or treating as a vehicle to witness and spend time with neighbors that you don’t normally see. Maybe the ghosts and ghouls are something that you just don’t want to touch with a 10 foot pole. I’ve heard all the sides and you probably have, too.
If Jesus had a house on my street with a couple of kids, do I think he would celebrate Halloween? I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I think He would. But what do I know and what does it matter? It doesn’t.
While we’re here, there’s one more thing that I think you should do. Stop being worried about anyone else caring what you’ve decided to do for your family. Full disclosure: my husband and I have decided not to celebrate this particular holiday in our house. We don’t think that what we’re doing is more or less correct than anyone else. Meanwhile, right around this time every year, very sweet people start asking my children what they’re dressing up as. That’s when I have to decide if I should just smile and change the subject or tell them the truth. Almost every time that I do choose to share that we don’t celebrate, they apologize for asking. There’s no need to apologize! My kids know what it is – to an extent – and we do other things so that they don’t feel like they’re missing out. No harm, no foul.
If you and your family do go trick or treating, please stop by my house! All the lights will be on and my kids and I will be at the door handing out essential oils samples and
king-sized candy bars organic lollipops.