It is Halloween and your neighbors are going to be ringing your doorbell (probably the only time this year they will do so) how will you respond? Christians have responded in so many different ways, from our counter “harvest parties” to handing out tracks about hell being far scarier than Halloween. But what if we responded by giving out the best candy? What if we saw the holiday as an opportunity to live out the gospel in our neighborhoods?
David Mathis has asked some valuable questions along these line on the Desiring God blog. I encourage you to read the post and think through how we should or could be responding differently to Halloween. Some of the key questions are below.
“What if we ran Halloween through the grid of the gospel and pondered whether there might be a third path beyond naïveté and retreat? What if we took the perspective that all of life, Halloween included, is an opportunity for gospel advance? What if we saw Halloween not as a retreat but as a kind of gospel trick—an occasion to extend Christ’s cause on precisely the night when Satan may feel his strongest?”
“What if Ephesians 6:12 reminded us that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic power over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places”? What if we remembered that it’s not our increasingly post-Christian society’s Halloween revelers who are our enemies, but that our real adversary is the one who has blinded them, and that we spite Satan as we rescue unbelievers with the word of the cross?”
“What if thinking evangelistically about Halloween didn’t mean just dropping tracts into children’s bags, but the good candy—and seeing the evening as an opportunity to cultivate relationships with the unbelieving as part of an ongoing process in which we plainly identify with Jesus, get to know them well, and personally speak the good news of our Savior into their lives?”
Read the whole post here.