In a few days it will be Halloween. This should be where the discussion stops. But, like in so many other categories, the Christian community has grown weary of the fight and decided to fully participate in this so called holiday.
I won’t bother to get into the religious history of this date except to say that its origin is in the Roman Catholic Church. A Protestant has zero ties to Halloween in any way, shape or form.
Many years ago those involved with witchcraft and Satan worship decided October 31st would be an excellent time to introduce their wickedness to naïve Christians. I must say that they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.
If I have heard it said once, I have heard it said a thousand times; "what is so wrong with Halloween"? What can be so wrong with dressing young children up as witches, monsters and devils? What can be so wrong with sending little children door to door with the sole intent of receiving candy loaded with sugar and who knows what else?
Is Halloween just innocent fun? Are people like me making too big a deal out of willingly exposing our children to the very bowels of the occult? "But they are sooooooo cute" every parent says as they dress up their little children the same way they dress up their dogs and used to dress their dolls. Is that why Halloween is so popular? Is it just to give the parents some "feel good moments" and nice pictures to add to the book?
Shortly I will be presenting a series of blogs dealing with the sorrowful state of Christianity and how through relentless compromise, the Church has willingly turned its heart over to the enemy. I am calling the upcoming series "Confronting Comfortable Christianity". If I haven’t been able to get you angry at me before, perhaps these blogs will succeed.
I am not interested in playing the games I see the vast majority of Christians play. I am not willing to "play church" on the weekends and waste my money on worldly delights the rest of the week. I am not "into" being an actor on the stage of Christianity, simply pretending to be a believer but in reality lusting after all the world has to offer.
The more I travel and hear the stories many of you have shared with me, the more adamant I have become in my commitment to never stop speaking the truth. I cannot simply sit back and watch the faith I love and Lord I serve become so watered down and worldly that it ceases to be anything "special". I refuse to be found guilty of being or doing the very things I detest in the world.
I drove by a church this past week which was obviously in the middle of a "book burning" day. There were stacks of books and magazines being fed to a very large bonfire. This brought back memories to a yearly event our ministry had many years ago. Every year we advocated rounding up all your worldly magazines and other reading materials and burning them. Of course we were called irresponsible, zealots, fanatics and other unprintable things—but we succeeded in driving the world’s influence out of our homes, offices and MINDS.
That is the battle folks, in case you have forgotten. The world is trying to squeeze, push and sneak its evil into our minds every day of the week through television, movies, books, games, newspapers and magazines. If enough of the world gets into our homes, in due time it will get into our minds. Look around your home and take stock of how much worldly junk you have allowed to stack up, fill up bookcases and get plastered to the wall. Then compare it to how many things glorify Jesus.
Are you ashamed of your faith? Is that why there are no outward expressions of it? I have been in Christian homes off and on for nearly 40 years and I am still amazed at how 80% of them do not have even ONE single thing anywhere that indicates they are Christians. Are we that ashamed of Jesus that we dare not let anyone know we belong to Him?
I don’t care if people want to celebrate Halloween. It is a free country and we live in a time where God’s grace reigns. But, I really think it is high time all of us take a checkup from the neck up and honestly look at what kind of condition our homes, vehicles, offices and minds have become. Are we so afraid people will write us off as religious fanatics that we bend over backward to conform to the world’s traditions and threats?
As for me and my household we will serve the Lord. Anyone who would visit our home would see walls with Christian art and shelves loaded down with Christian books and Bibles. There is far more to displaying our faith than simply putting a cross around our neck or a fish sign on the car. It means being willing to let anyone and everyone know that Jesus Christ is your LORD, whether they like it or not and in all ways seeking to NOT be conformed to this world and the evil which defines it.
I am a firm believer that your home reflects that which is most important to you. I think this is an important question to ask ourselves.. If someone came into our house unexpectedly (and I think that is important), would they know that Christ is a resident of your household? That is good food for thought.
May we always reflect Him in every area of our lives.
Well said. We are certainly living in a time when Christianity is being watered down, both due to cultural pressures and due to willing Christians. It's sad how easily we are willing to ignore, delete, or dilute the truth when faced with adversity. This blog is a good reminder of something we all need to hear periodically.
Aye, aye, there should be evidence of Christ's presence in our homes for the residents, relatives and visitors.
In our home we have 2 very precious plaques in our living room:
"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever". Hebrews 13:8
"When I think of you Grandpa
I thank God for our family
For our heritage of faith
For your love and the wisdom
You passed along."
"We will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord
His power and the wonders He has done
Then they will put their trust in God"
I thank God in appreciation and humility for it is here in the living room
we have had countless family prayers and intercession
when sickness had laid one low, when kids were facing examination phobias,
when faith needed encouragement and when God answered prayers when finances needed boosting
It is here visitors have shared our testimonies and joined with us in prayers
for missionaries and friends in far-away places who had been challenged by the enemy.
It is here we have taught the precious Word of God with immediate and extended family and here visitors have been encouraged by the promises in the Word.
Truly Christ is the Head of our home,
A Guest at every meal,
A silent Listener to every conversation.
I pray that this tradition be adopted in young Christian homes today so that the next generation will have a faith heritage with which they can live fearlessly in a fallen world.
You paint a sad but true picture of a large portion of the Church today. We are meant to be The Church whose weapons of warfare are not carnal "...but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds." 2 Corinthians 10:4. We are meant to be The Church on the offensive pulling down the enemy's strongholds in the lives of the unsaved around us; not playing it safe in compromise, trying to hold onto and defend what little we have.
I am looking forward to the series. Perspective wrote about a frog being comfortable in boiling water, a certain bird sticking its head in the sand. We need warning, God Bless, Brother.
Whew! Pretty inspiring. One would only wonder at the job at resisting all those forces. Individually, they (like Halloween) get a pass. But collectively they are a bullwark. Bless you in your efforts. In my minds eye I can see a Halloween sign on the door "We're not home, but Jesus is... How sweet is that!", but to no avail. It is, however, vitally important that people see spiritual works and references dispalyed in our homes. And , that our children view it as a declaration of who they are.
I live in a home where my husband has not yet been born again in Jesus Christ! Things can at times be difficult. He does not seem to mind my having items that indicate my faith in Jesus displayed around the house. I have a large library of Christian readings, tapes and DVD's. I have moved away from displaying knick knack type items. However, my favorite display still is a five inch cross combined with a small stuffed lamb that sits on top of the bookcase across from my chair. It reminds me of Jesus Christ, our sacrificial lamb. I have a picture on the wall next to my chair that shows Jesus Christ with His arms outstretched hanging on the cross and the caption reads Jesus Christ loves me this much. The one thing my husband does complain about is anything to do with giving money for the work of the Lord, especially any TV ministry. However, I continue to tithe and give offerings from my own earnings.
I truly look forward to your series. Blessings to all! Thanks B2Y
Dear B2Y--Paul said it all in 2 Corinthians 6:14-18. Nothing I can say about Hallowe'en could improve on what he said. :) With brotherly love in Christ--Ron.
I must say I did like the blog. It made me think. Like kreyonlds said "... home reflects that which is most important to you. " That is so true. I also think it's how we live our lives is the best way to show the world Jesus. I've seen some people's houses who have alot of books and Bibles on their shelves, **** stickers with Bible verses and a bunch of other things. I've also seen how they react to different situations and sadly it contridicts what they have in their houses. There are a lot of Christians who play church. I've been guilty of it. No one is perfect and we are all trying to become more godly each day.
I don't think book burnings are a good thing. There is a lot of "secular" works that are just as thought provoking. I love God with my whole heart. But I think it's good for Christian to know what and how the world thinks. As for the views of having fun on Holloween, I think it is based on convictions. I think we all need to be sound in Biblical doctrine. But some things are left up to convictions. My theory is ask yourself is this conviction/statement/doctrine worth dying over.
I look forward to more of your blogs!