We’re in full-force prepping for our biggest community events of the year. This year, we are having 2 events on Halloween night: Trunk or Treat will be in the parking lot behind Cabela’s, and in San Marcos, we’ll be throwing a huge House Party.
Occasionally, I am asked about how Christians should respond to Halloween. In recent years, Halloween has become more controversial than ever. Some well-meaning Christians have come to believe that it is an evil day where we should hide out in our homes and pray against all the bad things that might be going on around us.
That’s a very different reaction from the way Christians traditionally viewed this holiday. Early Christians took existing celebrations and gave them a spiritual meaning. They used whatever they could as a way to reach people for Jesus.
Historically, Halloween was called All Saint’s Eve (or All Hallows Eve). It was a time to remember the people of faith who have lived before us. Today, much of that meaning has been taken away from the day. Now, it’s a time for kids to dress up and go trick-or-treating so they can rot out their teeth with candy.
I love what Romans 14:5 says, “In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. Each person should have a personal conviction about this matter.” This means that there is no such thing as an evil day, but that we should ask God how He would have us celebrate certain days of the year.
Personally, I don’t care one way or the other about Halloween. I’m not into all the scary stuff associated with it, but I know that thousands of families in our area will be looking for a safe and fun place to bring their kids and it’s our opportunity as a church to be a part of their lives and connect with them through events like Trunk or Treat and House Party.
Colossians 4:5 says to “make the most of every opportunity” to tell people about Jesus. From the start, The Connection Church has leveraged Big Days with Big Events to serve and reach out to our community.
When we respond with love instead of pointing our fingers at people on Halloween, we’re doing what Romans 12:21 tells us, “Don’t let evil get the best of you, but conquer evil by doing good. The fact is, we don’t have to be afraid of the Devil, because our enemy is defeated!
As Christ-followers, we need to make Jesus the focus of everything we do. When we work together, God will use us to help people make a life-changing connection with Him!
You can help make our events a huge success by bringing lots of candy to church with you this Sunday. If you’re interested in hosting a carnival-style booth with a game for Trunk or Treat in Buda, click here to let us know.