Over the years, America has become more and more infatuated with darkness. Proof may be that you clicked on this blog to read. Another indicator could be the decline of Thanksgiving and the ever increasing popularity of Halloween. Add to this, what is popular in regard to entertainment. Our kids watch the Twilight Saga and adults watch Game of Thrones. What is sad about this is that we simultaneously wonder why we as a culture struggle with depression, anxiety, cutting, and suicide. Hello! As we approach this Halloween season, I ask you to ponder some things.
1) Death is not funny. Death is a consequence of our sin. It is punishment. Because of our rebellion against the Giver of Life, He has set a time in which we forfeit it. Think about Jesus this Halloween. What did he do outside the tomb of Lazarus? Did he make light of it? Did he celebrate it? No, He wept. Why did Christ weep? Because death is real, and it is not something to be celebrated or be entertained by. It is a consequence of God’s anger towards humanity. Instead of celebrating death, celebrate the resurrection of Christ and his victory over death.
2) Demons are real. We make light of them, but we shouldn’t. They hate you and want you in hell with them. This is their mission. The chief demon, Satan is described as a lion waiting to pounce. Do you think he loves Halloween, you bet. He would love to sit around the Ouija board with your kids, or hold their hands as they walk through the local Haunted House, or watch some dark, twisted movie. Here is a description of one man’s struggle with demons in Mark 5. As you read it, ask yourself if this is the future you want for your child, “Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones.“ This year, instead of introducing your family to demonic influence, introduce them to Jesus Christ. Rejoice that Christ has broken the chains of Satan, and has delivered us from the tombs and has given us life abundant. Celebrate that Jesus bore our wounds on the cross, so that we wouldn’t have to. Delight in the reality that our cries will not be ones of agony, but ones of great joy.
3) Darkness is dangerous. Proverbs 4:19 tells us, “The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.” It is prideful to think that what you watch, read, or listen to has no effect on you. This is just plain wrong. The more darkness you let in, the more you will stumble. If you choose to dwell in darkness, you are setting yourself up for pain. It may manifest itself as fear, anxiety, anger, or depression. You are wrong to think that it is no big deal. Satan loves that you think so highly of your abilities. Instead of soaking in darkness, bask in the light. Do what Paul encourages in Philippians 4:8, “ Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.“ Instead of watching some horror movie, try reading God’s romance book, the Bible. Read about how his steadfast love endures forever, and how Jesus laid down his life for His Bride.
Here is my final thought as it relates to Halloween, actually Jesus’ final thought. Listen to what Jesus thinks about temptation as it relates to kids, “"Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.”