I've been praying really long and hard to find out my biggest beef with Halloween. And, praise God, I think I've found it! Along with many prayers, I took some time yesterday afternoon and Googled "should Christians celebrate Halloween". Note: This is coming off of the night before when I caved in and took my boys to the church for AWANA's trunk or treat event. Only to come home and wonder why we went...AGAIN. I've felt like this every year that we've gone.
Back to my search...I read several articles by Christian groups. One can find support for and against Halloween without much ado. You can find reasons to totally avoid it, Christmas, and Easter for that matter. My issue isn't with those other two, so on I read and read and read. The History Channel even did a show on the origins of Halloween that I watched some of to see what they said about how it has come to be such an event as it is. (Seeing that made me want to avoid it even more, by the way. Why? I ask...why would a Christian who is called to be set apart want to associate with such activities?)
Anyway, as I read a blogger's views on Halloween, she struck a cord in my heart. I have found my reason.
It's the fact that I believed in the lie that my kids are "missing out" if I don't celebrate Halloween.
How many times have I believed that lie before even in my own life? Too many.
Fill in the blank with anything that I am convicted to be wrong, yet choose to do anyway and I'll find myself believing a lie straight from the pit of Hades.
Satan takes joy in deceiving me and getting me to rationalize myself into settling into something for the sake of not missing out. Guilt is a very effective tool on me.
My God is bigger and stronger and by His grace I'll never forget what He's taught me about being complete in Him.