[H]alloween means different things to different people.
Christians often disagree on the significance and appropriateness of this day. I respect those different viewpoints, and I don’t wish to open up the debate. Rather, I’d like to suggest something I think we can all agree on…
Christians can redeem the night.
As Christians, regardless of our view of Halloween, we can redeem the night. We are called to be lights in a dark world. So we can shine on Halloween.
Now, we may disagree on how to be light in this world. We may disagree about how to shine on Halloween, but rather than focus on the disagreements, let’s all agree to do something redemptive on Halloween, whatever that may be.
Here are some thoughts.
- Be Inclusive. Use this occasion as time to invite friends and guests over. If you trick-or-treat, invite someone who needs encouragement to go with you. If you are against trick-or-treating, take the cleared calendar as a chance to have a dinner party.
- Be Social. People will be out. People will be walking the streets. This is huge. For a culture that is increasingly closed-off, for neighborhoods that see less and less kids playing outside, this is epic! Seize the opportunity to smile, introduce yourself, meet your neighbors, etc. You can do this with or without trick-or-treating.
- Be Prayerful. Every knock, every trick-or-treater, every house represents a story. Take a minute to pray for those people who come to your door, or for those you see walking down your streets.
- Do Something. We can’t turn our backs on the world. We can resist it. We can pray for it. We can shine. We can be salt. We can be the church. But we can’t do nothing.
So what will you do on Halloween? How will you be light in a dark world? How will you redeem the night?