Have you considered good vs. best when it comes to a Christian view on Halloween? Many churches host Halloween ‘alternatives’ for their members–most common are “Reformation Celebrations” and “Trunk or Treats”. Both can be good things. I’m not trying to say they are bad. My aim is to question whether they are ‘best’.
Reformation Day is commonly celebrated on October 31. It recognizes the day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of Wittenberg Church in 1517. This is commonly viewed as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.
Halloween (also celebrated on Oct. 31) is an ever growing ‘holiday’ in the US. I read one statistic that estimates that 80-90% of children trick or treat on Halloween. Where are these families doing their trick or treating? My guess is in your neighborhood and mine.
This means if Christians are ‘celebrating’ the Reformation at an alternative event at their church on October 31, they are not in their neighborhoods. The one day a year that our neighbors come knocking on our door–our porch lights are off, houses are dark, our doors are closed.
Is celebrating the Reformation a bad thing? No. I think it’s a perfectly good thing to take time to thank God for all that He did in and through Martin Luther. My question is–does it have to be done on October 31? Are we doing good things at the expense of the best things? Is there a command in the Bible to commemorate the Reformation? Not that I’ve seen. Is there a command to be salt and light to the world? Is there a command to go forth and make disciples? Yes and yes.
Again-are we doing good things at the expense of the best things? Let’s have the courage to stand up and not allow the best to be substituted with the good. There’s a whole world out there that is waiting for you to be salt and light in it. God has called you to this. Don’t tarry! People need the Gospel and being intentional in your neighborhood on Halloween is one way to build relationships with your neighbors.