Frightful waste of a good food resource
Has anyone given thought to the frightful amount of pumpkins going to waste every year purely for decoration and for a festival that has horror themes to promote?
In a time when austerity and food banks are the subject of society’s political concerns, and when other developing countries hardly have enough crops to feed their populace, surely it is a disgrace for our farmers to devote so much energy, land and expertise into growing pumpkins for the sole purpose of Hallowe’en. Some people may try to make pumpkin soup or a pumpkin pie, but most are made into ‘Jack-o’lanterns’ then discarded. Surely this is a sign of a decadent society.
I am not a fan of Hallowe’en for its devilish themes anyhow as the Bible warns not to have anything to do with the ‘works of darkness’ (Ephesians 5:11), but rather reprove them and ‘walk as children of light’. That is a healthier message for children – to hear about God rather than the devil. The Bible also talks about a time when people will call evil good and good evil.
Perhaps we are in such times with all the decorations in homes and shops to celebrate themes of darkness, evil, spells, witches, demons and the like, all forbidden by God in scripture. Even the word ‘wicked’ has changed into meaning good.
The saddest thing of all is hearing of even churches having Hallowe’en parties bringing dark themes into the house of God. God preserve us. No wonder Hallowe’en gives me the creeps. Colin Nevin, Bangor, County Down.