Gospel Transformed Holidays

A pumpkin carved into a jack-o'-lantern for Ha...

A pumpkin carved into a jack-o’-lantern for Halloween (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wandering around the writing fields this time of year always yields words from those who warn us against involving ourselves with holidays such as the most recent Halloween.

For those of you in this camp concerned for my well-being as a believer in Christ, thank you. For the record, I stand firmly behind you in your decision to not celebrate a holiday.

On the same record though, I stand firmly with those who choose to practice the liberty they have in Christ to celebrate a gospel transformed holiday.

Either way, for me this is a non-issue. My choice to indulge personally is made solely on the thought of believing that a holiday that brings forth multitudes of children is a holiday that Jesus would have seen as a profitable place to share some good news, “Let the little children come unto me.”

Since I believe that Jesus would have wanted to be near the celebrative children, then I have to consider whether His body ought also.

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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9 Responses to Gospel Transformed Holidays

  1. Great post M. We spend more time playing the pharisee in Jesus’ name, instead of simply loving the lost and misguided. WE make the idea of following Him repugnant, and bring reproach on Jesus. I agree with believers that do not “honor” this holiday, but I feel we can quietly ignore it, and do like ccragamuffin, give them a NT…or be the NT. Thanks pal.

  2. Halloween has never been a big thing here in Australia, but it seems to be growing in acceptance each year.
    I will not particpate, and will not give to children who happen to knock on the door, but after telling them WHY I do not agree with the ‘celebration’, I give the younger ones a little gift with a Scripture verse on, and the older ones a Gideons New Testament.

    I like ccragamuffin’s response.

  3. LightWriters says:

    We need to let God empower us to let our little lights SHINE…EVERY day of the year, regardless of what other ‘celebrations’ are on the calendar. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome..” (John 1: 5) 🙂

  4. ccragamuffin says:

    Halloween is a contraction for All Hallows’ Eve. The evening of All Saints (Hallows) Day. I understand that many choose to remember the day by literally separating (saints…the separated ones) themselves FROM how the world is celebrating. Many of my friends choose to stay away from the entire event. And if it is a stumbling block to your faith in any way, you should choose to stay away. But our family chooses to celebrate by being living a separated life IN the community of celebration. Richard Foster, in his book Celebration of Discipline, wrote, “Why allow Halloween to be a pagan holiday in commemoration of the powers of darkness? Fill the house or church with light; sing and celebrate the victory of Christ over darkness.” Celebrating the victory of Christ over darkness!!! I love that imagery for what we celebrated on Halloween. We chose to recognize that there is a dark, creepy, dungeon world out there and we chose to shine the bright light of the One who liberates and brings freedom into the darkness…and we did it with fun, and lights, and games…and…CHOCOLATE. Now, can we celebrate All Saints’ Day today?!?!

    • mtsweat says:

      Very good, very good. Shining the Light into the darkness… with chocolate too! It was a great evening of Light!

    • mtsweat says:

      …with a little more time to write now. You introduce something of great importance here that we’ve probably lost due to a couple of things. 1. our unwillingness to invest time in knowing church history and 2. as post-reform protestants, we often de-value the traditions of the church pre-reformed.

      What is surprising to learn is that the reform effort hasn’t ended. Things that even Luther considered dogma is literally heralded heresy by many protestant denominations today, such as Marian doctrine (and by the way, we have protested something).

      Indeed, the stumbling block issue needs to be considered. A good thought though to consider also may be: Will we be those who carry the Light into the darkness (redeeming the time) or will we hide ourselves behind the walls of sanctuary. Just thinking with a keyboard here…

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