TRICK OR TREAT
Halloween began as the ancient Celts believed in Samhain, a day where the souls of the living and the dead came together on October 31st each year. It was the night of the psychics and mediums to relay messages from dead loved ones. They built fires and dressed like animals in their rituals.
Soon the Romans conquered the Celts and brought their version Feralia and combined it with the Celts and a celebration to honor Pomana, a Roman goddess of fruit trees. Yep, bobbing for apples started here. Well, the Christians tried to come along and replace the pagan festivities with All Saints Day. As with most of these events the whole Halloween thing ended up a conglomeration of traditions from everywhere.
When Halloween first came to the United States there was a lot of reluctance to accept this craziness that they left behind. However as more European immigrants brought their traditions with them, this new Christian country tried to put a positive spin on it. Dressing in costumes offered a perfect disguise for many to do nasty pranks to houses in the neighborhoods.
Since special sweet foods had been a tradition in all the different festivals, people decided that if they gave out home baked sweet treats that the troublemakers would skip their house and ‘trick or treat’ was born.
Christians need to experience and teach Halloween differently than non-believers. It is true that satanic cults, witches covens and etc. believe their own deal for Halloween It is also true that Christians are always trying to turn lemons into lemonade.. Let’s think. If we teach our children to celebrate the God given gifts of creativity with our costumes and the talented things that we do with food for dessert, We need to teach them the God given gift of imagination and the charity of all the people that hand out candy. We can negate all of the other crap. If we remain silent, disgusted and scared, it might very well peak their curiosity to explore the ‘dark side’ without God in the picture.
Think…an infant gets upset when his/ her mom wears a hat. A toddller gets upset with happy costumes like a fairy. A young child is frightened by the scary costumes but not the happy ones anymore. A school age child is pretty much not frightened by any costumes just scary fun houses and movies. As they become teenagers the costumes are just fun or ‘cool’, haunted houses are pretend and fun if they are ‘cool’, movies…not so much. They may like them but they aren’t scared. They have gone through a process of realizing that all of this is just fun nonsense and people are who they choose to be no matter what they look like.
A person that is choosing to be an evil jerk does not need a costume to be dangerous. We have eliminated the power of fear of the underworld and it’s followers by exposing them as fakes and supporting their spiritual journey with God’s Truth…His love. Spiritual boot camp about good and evil…real and fake. Killing the problems of pranksters with kindness. Not a bad thing.
Generosity.. an open hand to ‘wanna be’ troublemakers. Christians….guilty as charged
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