"Trunk-or-treat, trunk-or-treat, give us something good to eat." Whoops. I guess I meant trick-or-treat....because of course trunk-or-treating isn't bad. It's how we celebrate halloween at church. The name is changed and instead of having to run all over the neighborhood we just have to go from car to car-which makes is all okay. Right? Wrong. If you missed my last post "The Masquerade," I would suggest reading it before continuing on. Last year or the year before a lady in our church did a demonstration using a jack-o-lantern. Talking about how Jesus cleans our insides out and His light should be radiant from within and shine outwards. Which of courses is true, but was it necessary to demonstrate this the week before halloween. I would love to hear a good sermon preached about the evils of halloween, but hey, many pastors take their kids trick-or-treating and carve jack-o-lanterns. Why would the pastor preach against it when he participates in it? Why don't Christians understand the evils and dangers of this holiday of pagans? Deuteronomy 18:10-12 states: "Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you." Is it just me or would this include the celebration of a pagan holiday? I've been reading this little pamphlet thing that my mom had from years ago that is talking about jack-o-lanterns and the origin. It says that it started with a man named Jack who died and was not permitted in Heaven because he was too bad and he wasn't permitted in hell because he had tricked the devil. It goes on to say that it was so dark that Jack begged to have some light, so the devil threw him a coal from the fires of hell. It continues and says that Jack was eating a turnip and so he stuck the coal in that and was condemned to travel around the world with his restless spirit with his "Jack-o-lantern" until judgement day. Halloween doesn't need to be "Christianized." Kids will survive never going trick/trunk-or-treating or carving out a pumpkin. I survived and I'm fairly normal...for the most part. Well, I take that back. When we were little we participated in "Christianized" version of trick-or-treat where we dressed up as Bible characters and went around getting candy. If a church wants to have a dress up/walk around and get candy night then why don't they do it on Valentines day, since God is love. Back to the whole "trunk-or-treating" deal. It drives me crazy that people don't get that it's the same thing as trick-or-treating. One word is changed and that makes it all okay. Isn't it the same thing if the Harry Potter books were changed to Mary Potter but still had the same content? Mary is no better than Harry. The name is changed to sooth consciences. To make people feel better about what they are doing. True?
"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter." Isaiah 5:20
If you didn't leave a comment on my last post (and even if you did) I still would like to hear your thoughts good or bad. I really should have started on this subject earlier in the month, since I could go on and on about this subject. Hopefully, for those of you on sitting on the fence with the whole halloween thing, you'll be able to understand the occult background of "the night of the dead." To watch a really good video on halloween and it's evils click here...it's short I promise.