Ephesians 5:10-11 (NIV)
10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve been celebrating Halloween. It was part of the culture in the schools that I grew up in, in the towns, and in the stories I was told. Being from Central Massachusetts, we heard story after story of witches, demons, ghosts, curses, so on and so forth. Songs of the dead and legends of holding your breath when crossing a cemetery to name a few. We are the state of the Salem Witch Trials, King Phillip’s War, and the Pilgrims. The history of America began in blood and darkness on many levels pretty much in my backyard.
Halloween was also “my holiday” as Christmas and other such holidays were the territory of other family members. I could be strange and outgoing on Halloween and no one cared. In fact, it was encouraged! It was a holiday that I embraced and in the time of my weakness, I thought it held power when the veil between worlds was thin and the dead walked among us.
This past year, I have gone through some intense spiritual awakenings that have shown me how to be a Christian and what that truly means. I have identified myself as Goth for many years, but I’m not, I am a daughter of God. I still love wearing black, corsets, parasols, listening to certain music, and some aspects of the culture. However, Halloween will pass me by this year and I couldn’t be happier.
When I was a kid, it used to be more innocent, so I thought, with silly costumes and candy. As time passed, both I and the world got older, this holiday has taken on many more meanings. The decorations have become more demonic, dress up is for everyone, and I personally feel that the darkness is stronger year after year. Knowing some spells from books and friends due to the discretion of my youth, many of the decorations resemble items used to curse people, glorifying this darkness or worse yet, thinking it is “Ok”. It isn’t.
God has a very strong opinion about how things used to be. He tells us to cut off the old branches to give birth to the new. He is a jealous God and we cannot serve two masters. We are either of the world or followers of God. The lines need to be defined very clearly. So often they are blurred with all this commercialism, social media, and peer pressure.
If we would not compromise our values day to day, why would we set aside our beliefs for a holiday that is both commercial and Pagan based? Why would we let ourselves be a lukewarm Christian when it suits us? These are very serious questions to consider when dressing up this year or years to follow.
It was asked of me to give away my decorations and to use the day for prayer instead of parties. Only you can decide how to go about this, but for me, I am happy to no longer celebrate Halloween.