Today I had a wild hair in me and had to post a picture of my painting, “Happy Halloween” on my Facebook page. Halloween is a holiday that we celebrate to the extent that the children and I carve pumpkins and then walk around to a few close friends’ houses and share candy for the kids. It’s a lot of fun and adds a nice variety to the season. Like most families, Halloween represents a magical time for children to play dress-up, go outside after dark with Mom and Dad (which they hardly ever get to do), and eat a lot of candy. My wife and I are overly protective parents and don’t even let our kids watch scary movies so you could say our Halloween may be a little different than others.
Some were surprised that I would paint a Halloween picture seeing the other kinds of art that I do. For me, it was something relaxing and innocent to paint after doing very serious painting of Jesus.
One of my followers on Facebook said, “What do you think of halloween Jon? I dislike it to the fullest, shed some light please, to how you feel.”
I responded, “I'm not really a Halloween fanatic. What I like about Halloween is watching my kids dress up as princesses and sports heroes and watch their faces light up as they see the candy and lights. I know Halloween has a darker side to it...but that is not a part of the world I live in. Often Satan takes the good and twists it into the bad. In this case we're taking the bad and twisting it into the good! Happy Halloween!”
His response was, “Nothing happy about happy halloween. The roots of halloween are pagan and evil, have you ever tried to make crap not stink.... its really hard to do, maybe in due time the smell will go away, but its still crap my friend Jon. I do not fall into worldly deeds, I try my best to follow Godly deeds as you try to do Jon. Does it say anything about halloween in the BIBLE?”
I appreciated his comment. I know that the roots of Halloween are pagan and evil. Did you know the roots of Dec. 25th were also a pagan holiday? What about Easter? We now celebrate the birth of Christ on this day in December which used to be a date to celebrate many of the Roman gods. In April we celebrate Easter which also is also mixed with a pagan holiday. My point is that it is not what it was then, but what it is now, particularly within our own families.
I have chosen to center my family around Christ. This doesn’t mean that we don’t carve pumpkins, have a Santa Claus and an Easter bunny for a little fun. I have many good friends who are beautiful Christians who HATE Halloween and everything about it and I will not judge them. It is their choice to do what they do. I believe that God will judge me based on what is in my heart and the way I honor His name. On Christmas we focus on the birth of Christ; at Easter we focus on the triumphant Resurrection; and at Halloween we talk with the kids about what they want to be when they grow up and what Jesus wants them to be. In the Bible it says, “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matthew 7:18-20) This tells me to judge what I do by the “fruit” or the results. My Halloween may be different from yours. I suppose we should judge everything in our life by the fruit. I don’t know of any commandment that says not to take my kids Trick or Treating, so until the fruit goes bad… Happy Halloween!!