The Scary Truth

Wake up! Wake up! Alarm bells are ringing, loud and clear!

Would we wrap a dose of poison in shiny paper and serve it as a tasty sweet to a loved one? No! But society is doing exactly that, by encouraging people to annually celebrate the “dead” during the festival of food, parties and games. Ask any parent about Halloween, they will likely say that it’s harmless fun.

Harmless fun, that advocates tiny children should wear a horror character’s costume, with blooded mask and hatchet. The child is not legally permitted to watch the 18-rated film that the character is actually representing. What is that teaching our children? Paul talks about the spiritual conflict, whereby the enemy has generated a spirit of open revolt against God which has filtered into cultures and traditions.

The purpose is to blind people to the Gospel and covers them in a blanket of deceit. I believe Halloween was intended
for this reason. God does not want us to celebrate the dead or death. In Isaiah 25 v 8, it is written “He (God) will swallow up death [in victory; He will abolish death forever]. And the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces; and the reproach of His people He will take away from off all the earth; for the Lord has spoken it”.

So what can we do, when a cute little Frankenstein or ghostie knocks on the door on Friday 31st October, this year? Let their “treat” be you being light and salt in their life for that moment. Jesus told us in Matt 5 v13, why we are here. “…to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavours of the earth”. This surely means that other worldly flavours
will be exposed and flushed out? Jesus continues in verse 14 “…You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours in the world” and again in verse 15” I’m putting you on a light stand, now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand- shine”.

Practical ideas- share the Gospel and hand out a GFC invite, or coffee/muffin voucher to use on Sunday. Discuss Halloween truths with your children so they know they are not missing out, but are being blessed in freedom. Grab some “bags of hope”, available from GFC the week before Halloween and give them out to children who come knocking at your door.