Why We're Not To Celebrate Halloween
This “holiday” is associated with the ancient Celtic day of Samhain. It was a night filled with divination, spirit conjuring and other pagan rituals. The Druids, who also revered Halloween, were also associated with paganism, witchcraft and human sacrifice.
In the mid-19th century, Irish immigrants brought these customs to America. They began to take root in our nation. Now, Halloween is the second largest “holiday” behind Christmas! The History Channel now estimates that roughly $6 billion dollars is spent on Halloween annually.
People dress in costumes to “ward off evil spirits.” Really? Do we really need to engage in such foolishness? One mention of the name of Jesus and our enemies will fall.
We don’t need to dress up in a cat costume to make our enemies scatter.
It’s so easy to go along with the flow and to do what the world does. But as Christians, it’s important that we stand up against it. The Bible says we are to be a “peculiar people.”
“You have been set apart as holy to the Lord your God, and he has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be his own special treasure.” Deuteronomy 14:2 (NLT)
God specifically warned the Israelites not to take on the pagan customs of those nations around them. That same thing can be applied for us today.
The Bible also says “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2 (NKJV) That means don’t try to emulate those customs around you. The world tells us “oh-it’s just good, clean fun!” No it’s not. It’s dangerous and deceptive.
Throw out those silly Halloween costumes, turn off those horror movies and do not partake in that which has the semblance of evil.
The other day, I was driving and admiring the beautiful leaves in Upstate New York. I was thinking how gorgeous the Lord made this time of year. The enemy, however, has corrupted it with witchcraft and paganism.
So this season, I admonish you to take in the beauty of the season. Enjoy that pumpkin spice doughnut, put on a warm sweater and go for a brisk walk among the falling leaves. Try to find ways to honor the Lord this autumn. It's one of the most sacred seasons in all of His calendar.