Should Christians even participate in Halloween?
My husband and I are in agreement when it comes to this topic. But, I’m not going to tell you what our family does when it comes to Halloween (though you can probably guess where our convictions fall just by glancing through old photos from past Octobers).
I’m not going to tell you, because that really isn’t the point.
What our family does, may change as God raises conviction or transforms our hearts.
What our family does, may not be what God has designated for your family.
So how do we decide about Halloween?
We look to God’s Word (though as you’ll see below, even among Christians who truly recognize God’s Word as the Ultimate Authority…there is disagreement about this decision).
We honestly analyze our own motivation (self-deception is such a comfortable mask to slip on).
We choose humility over pride (knowing that we are a work-in-progress and God often convicts and changes hearts in His own timing).
We seek out wisdom from godly men and women (while acknowledging that no one is infallible and that God’s plan for each family or person may be different when it comes to matters-of-the-conscience).
We pray and ask God (with a sincere heart and listening ears that are ready and willing to obey).
We give grace to those with differing viewpoints (realizing that godly men and women fall on both sides of this discussion and that it isn’t an issue critical to salvation).
We seek God’s glory (above our own traditions and comfort levels and fears and needs).
After several profitable discussions about Halloween last year (with women I greatly respect), and after receiving requests from readers for a repost of last year’s Halloween discussion, I want to share a few of the resources that we have-and-are-processing-and-praying-through as we seek God’s wisdom in this area.
My prayer for us and for those considering this dilemma is that this would be food-for-thought, but above all else, that honoring God and living as light in the midst of darkness would be our true aim.
And as always…
What If We Approached Halloween as Christians On Mission? (From Piper’s church– Bethlehem Baptist)
John Piper on Halloween (video question and answer, but also in print)
What Christians Should Know About Halloween– (The Resurgence)
Christians and Halloween (from John MacArthur’s website–Grace To You)
Halloween and Leaving the Light On (Justin Taylor/The Gospel Coalition)
A Christian View On Halloween (from Courtney at Women Living Well)
Halloween Fast Approaches (Tim Challies)
Halloween– Trick or Retreat? (another by Tim Challies)
7 Reasons Halloween Judgment Houses Miss the Mark (Russell Moore)
We Do Not Celebrate Halloween (Many helpful resources listed explaining why a Christian would choose not to participate from a mom/writer whose genuine desire is to please God, not men).
Halloween (thoughts from Doug Wilson)
Luther Put a Nail in the Heart of Bad Religion–And 3 Other Holidays (from The Resurgence)
A Lens on Halloween (from Adam’s The Gospel Lens)
Evangelical Definition and Halloween (Russell Moore at First Things…all in good fun)
Rethinking Halloween– (by my friend Elizabeth Johnson)
Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?– (a thought-provoking post by Ashley Schnarr)
Why our Family Doesn’t Celebrate Halloween– (from Lisa Pennington)
What Christians Should Know About Halloween– (Justin Holcomb)