Dad, what are ghosts?
My daughter asked her dad this question one morning before school. When my husband replied that ghosts aren’t real, she quickly responded, “My friend says that ghosts are dead people that come back to life.” Every year beginning around the end of September we engage in this battle. My kids’ friends love this time of year. However, I realize that October 31st is more than just a fun night out. It reinforces the daily spiritual battle we as Christians and as leaders of our homes face.
Many Christians wrestle with whether or not to participate in Halloween. Some refuse to allow Satan to take the glory for himself and seek to glorify God. Others avoid the events altogether, clinging close to Bible verses such as 2 Corinthians 6:14: “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness.” Either way you choose, make sure you are at peace with yourself and with God.
But one day of gorging on sweets and wearing silly costumes is only a small reminder of the spiritual battle that is waging wars in our kids’ souls everyday. In an age where The Walking Dead is deemed good TV viewing and new horror movies pop up every month, our children are embroiled in a war far bigger than just one night a year.
Perhaps you are torn between avoiding it altogether and seizing the opportunity to reach the nonbelievers. What if you want to be a light to your community and participate in Halloween fun? If you choose to participate, here are three things you can do to survive the October 31st festivities:
Know the Word
Knowing what the Bible has to say about the paranormal can help educate your children on what’s right and wrong about the dark side. Many people (including Christians) are confused about whether or not ghosts are real and if what is glorified in TV and movies is a part of the spiritual realm or just a fabricated story. Yet, the Bible speaks clearly about the paranormal.
Although exactly what goes on in the spiritual realm remains a mystery, we can educate our children on the truth about ghosts, zombies, and the afterlife. Use Halloween as an opportunity to make your kids more aware of what the word of God says about this (and many other current issues). Deuteronomy 18:10-11, Luke 24:39, and Romans 8:38 are great places to start.
Reach the Lost
If you do go out trick or treating, be intentional about meeting some neighbors along the way. As you wait for your children to ring the neighbor’s bell, strike up a conversation. We met some new neighbors a few years ago when we bought our first house. Because of that meeting, my husband officiated their wedding ceremony and we have been friends ever since.
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SOURCE: Crosswalk, Michelle Lazurek