Don't expect to see ghosts, skeletons, and graves in my yard.
It wasnít many years ago that I saw no harm in such festivities. Iím not sure of the exact point of my change of heart. Certainly my research for the articles
Halloween - The Origins, and Symbols,
Divination, Magic and Witchcraft,
and Satan. Who is He?
had an affect but I began to realize that a deeper, more profound change was taking place.
When I became a member of the family of believers, ( when I first believed in Jesus Christ), I experienced the beginning of a transformation, a renewing of my mind, a changing of my heart.
- Paul tells us not to conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind. Then we will be able to test and approve what Godís will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will.
This transformation began because of the gift of the Holy Spirit.
- The Counselor, whom the Father will send in Jesus' name, will teach us all things and will remind us of everything Jesus said to us.
This change in me was not an invasion by the Holy Spirit to spoil my fun. It was the treasured gift of a glimpse of Godís heart. I, like other new believers, started an exciting journey of fellowship with Jesus and of growing closer to God. As a result, pastimes that at one time seemed fun and harmless, started to lose their attraction.
Because of the guidance of the Holy Spirit and my daily Bible study, I happily gave up the things I once participated in. I am a child of God and part of the family of Jesus Christ. There are things that are forbidden by my Father and I will not question or rationalize His rules. I will make every attempt to honor Him in everything I do.
So, there will be no jack-o-lanterns peering out of my windows or witches on broomsticks hanging from my trees this October and I wonít need a costume for parties. Rest assured that when children, dressed as goblins, come to my door, I will, of course, "oooh" and "awh" over the costumes and bring out liberal handfuls of candy. I love the children and they have no understanding of the customs I disagree with.
My silent purpose will be to teach children, within my influence, about the love of God and about honoring Him. Then I will pray and wait for them to take the step of belief, knowing that at that point they will begin to understand Godís good, pleasing and perfect will.