Fright­ful waste of a good food re­source

The Oban Times - - LETTERS -

Sir,

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.

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