Other ways to have fun

Herald Express - - Down your Way -

HELLO and wel­come to Thought for the Week. To­day is Hal­loween. The name sim­ply means “All Hal­lows Eve”. In other words, the day be­fore All Saints Day, a day some Chris­tians par­tic­u­larly set aside for think­ing about those Chris­tians who have al­ready died and gone to heaven.

So where did all the stuff come from about as­so­ci­at­ing Hal­loween with ghosts, witches, and even the devil?

Ap­par­ently, the as­so­ci­a­tion goes back about two thou­sand years to the pa­gan Celtic fes­ti­val of Samhain.

The Celts be­lieved that dead peo­ple and evil spir­its par­tic­u­larly vis­ited the liv­ing dur­ing Samhain, and they used to light lanterns and bon­fires in an ef­fort to scare away the spir­its.

I’m not try­ing to be a killjoy when I say that we should not be in­volved with such things.

There are plenty of other ways of hav­ing fun than by tak­ing part in such rit­u­als.

And God makes clear in the bi­ble that try­ing to con­tact dead peo­ple and evil spir­its is wrong.

An ex­am­ple is Deuteron­omy, chap­ter 18, verses 10-12:

“There shall not be found among you…. a sor­cerer, or one who con­jures spells, or a medium, or a spiri­tist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abom­i­na­tion to the LORD.”

But per­haps you’re think­ing, “Trick or treat­ing is noth­ing like that. It’s just harm­less fun.” Is it? Surely its very idea is evil.

It is say­ing, in ef­fect, “Give us what we want or else!”

Do the things that are done at Hal­loween pass the “test” of Philip­pi­ans chap­ter 4, verse 8? Here’s what it says:

“Fi­nally, brethren, what­ever things are true, what­ever things are noble, what­ever things are just, what­ever things are pure, what­ever things are lovely, what­ever things are of good re­port, if there is any virtue and if there is any­thing praise­wor­thy — med­i­tate on these things.”

May God help us all to do that, to­day and ev­ery day.

David Lamb is a South Devon-based lay Bap­tist preacher.

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