Disclaimer: I’m sure as you read the title you probably thought something along the lines of ‘Here we go, another message about why Christians shouldn’t celebrate Halloween…’ Well if that’s not how you think, I definitely do whenever I see a Christian website post something with a title that alludes to something about ‘The Devil’s Holiday.’ Well actually, this nothing to do with why or why not Christians should/can celebrate Halloween. You can find that elaborate, one-sided argument elsewhere.
While with some friends on Saturday night, I saw so many different people with different backgrounds and careers such as fireman, nurses, killers from movies, and a very interesting First Lady Michelle and President Barack Obama. Their costumes were well thought out, detailed, and some people were even acting ‘in character’. I began to think ‘If they are wearing these masks and outfits today, who wears them on a daily basis?’ Do you show up on your job, classes, or church with a costume and mask on saying ‘Trick or Treat!’
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Oftentimes, when asked ‘How are you?’, we, as Christians, are quick to reply with responses such as ‘Good’, ‘Can’t complain’, or if you’ve been in the church for any point in time, you will most likely hear ‘Blessed and highly favored.’ Not saying that those are wrong answers, but is it the truth? Why is it that Christians have the best costumes and masks on days other than Halloween? We like to portray this invincible image that nothing is ever wrong, no situation affects us, and of course we do not struggle with sin! What kind of Christian is that!? Of course, we have victory scriptures such as 2 Cor. 2:14, Heb. 4:16, Ps. 34:4, Heb. 4:16. My only question would be how can you be victorious if you never go into battle?
We all have different things we struggle with. On a daily basis, we meet opposition, tension, and sin in some way. When will the facades and fake attitudes end? James 5:16 says ‘Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (NIV) Not saying everyone should know everything, but someone should know something! Why fight something alone when you do not have to? Even if you are skeptical about past situations, I understand they may be embarrassing and shameful parts of the past, but I can assure you that you are not the only one that has been through, going through, or will go through that certain situation. We are told to use our testimony to help us overcome. Rev. 12:11a says ‘They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” (NIV) Are you tricking your fellow brothers and sisters into believing all is well in your life all the time or are you treating them to the truth about you?
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