Should Christians participate in Halloween? That's certainly not a new question or debate.
Many have said we should not be a part of a holiday based on paganism, mysticism, witchcraft, and evil.
Others might say that Halloween is just a fun time for kids to dress up and get candy, and nothing more.
OK, I get all that. But I have another reason why I'm not big on Halloween, and here it is:
The real world is a scary enough place already - we've got more evil going on right now than we know what to do with (well, we know what to do with it, but you get me). So, why would I want to indulge in horror for the purpose of entertainment? Frankly, I'm just "tricked out". You?
Ok. I'm a "liberated woman". Liberated by the blood of Jesus. But, even in the world's terms, I'm a pretty modern chick. I'm educated, a professional, fairly smart, financially independent, blah blah blah. Yet, there are some things I don't understand about the current state of females in our society.
Lingerie and underwear are worn as clothes
Dance moves are, let's just say, "provocative"
Selfies look like ads for pornography
Mouths, as my mama would say, are "filthy"
But...... I want you to respect me and "love me for my mind".
Our Pastor has been on a theme lately, saying more than once that "God is not going to give you B until you've done A". He's mentioned this several times in recent sermons, and it's kind of turned into a 'preaching directly to me' moment. You know, those times when you sit there in the pew, heart thumping, sweating, and hoping to avoid eye contact with the preacher and everybody else in the room.
Well, I've taken to heart this "A before B" insight. In fact, writing this blog is one of my A's. I fought it pretty hard for a long time. "I don't have time to write a blog right now, God. You know how busy I am at work. Besides, Lord, I'm not qualified to write a Christian anything". Meanwhile, I've been praying like a mama on prom night about some current 'life stuff' (my "B"), and I just don't understand why nothing's happening!
Hmmm, OK..... Well, I guess it can't hurt to go ahead and try the A, the blog. I love to write. I'm OK at it, I guess. Lord knows, I certainly have some 'life material' to write about! So, here I am, doing the A. And you know what? Faith By Dummy has been in print for about 6 months now, and I am starting to see some signs of B! And that's a beautiful thing.
But, before we pass the plate and sing the invitation hymn, I want to be clear on something: This A for B thing is NOT some kind of BOGO, get-rich-quick deal with God. What it is, is a matter of a) getting a little uncomfortable and inconvenienced for what I believe in. It's about b) surrendering to what I know (through prayer) God has called me to do right now. And, c) it's about trust and obedience. THESE are why my B is showing up.
So, I gotta ask..... What's your B? More importantly, what's your A? Starting a ministry? Dedicating your finances? Upping your church attendance? Forgiving somebody that doesn't deserve it? Whatever it is, I hope you'll do it, and do it soon. 1 out of 1 Bloggers at Faith By Dummy highly recommend it.