I have been thinking a lot about the whole Halloween debate. The difficulty with these types of debates is the Bible doesn’t address them so we pick sides and dig in. I know he did a lot of things that angered the “evil” Pharisees. It is easy to point to the Pharisees and say how they represent all the things we disagree with and our position is represented by Christ. But you know what, sometimes I find myself being a Pharisee. I find that I often seek my value in myself by rule keeping alone, actually one of the more scary realities is that it’s generally when I feel I am not a Pharisee that I am most in danger of being one.
A Pharisee to me is someone who has the outward appearance of the values that Jesus came to model with none of the inward convictions he lived out. [Tweet “Pharisees have an outward appearance of values but are unchanged by those values they claim to hold dear.”]
I think we need to take a hard look at what is meant when the Bible calls Jesus a friend of sinners.
It’s about that time of year again so I thought I would bust out a retro post and get your thoughts on a timeless question in Kidmin. What about Halloween?
This time of year there is always a bit of a hub bub about all saints day.
As a children’s pastor I am frequently asked about child related controversies, Harry Potter, Pokemon, and every year Halloween.
How I feel about it is best illustrated in a recent event that took place in my house. My son turned 3 recently he loves swords, pirates have swords, so he wanted a pirate and pirates travel by ship, so he wanted a pirate ship. With a pirate ship comes a skull and crossbones. I have no problem with them. My wife does not feel comfortable with them so we did not put the skull stickers on the ship in any way.
To me this is where I have a problem. Many times we as Christians are more concerned with “external issues” and totally ignore the more important “internal issues”.
Being a Christian in culture is a very difficult thing. But I think at times we focus on the wrong things that make us different.
Do we want people to think of us as the people who turn their lights off and hide on Halloween?
I feel we need to be less concerned about projecting an image than reflecting an image?