Halloween – again!

Here we go again with the same old argument. Should we or shouldn’t we? Frankly, it really depends on you and your family doesn’t it? There are light-hearted ways to honour the holiday and some very dark ways that are less than pleasant.

Can we choose one ‘pagan’ holiday over another? Is pumpkin carving and handing out candy any worse than putting up a Christmas tree or buying chocolate Easter bunnies? Paul had to struggle through issues like this in his day as well. Just look at the meat thing in Romans 14:

For instance, a person who has been around for a while might well be convinced that he can eat anything on the table, while another, with a different background, might assume he should only be a vegetarian and eat accordingly. But since both are guests at Christ’s table, wouldn’t it be terribly rude if they fell to criticizing what the other ate or didn’t eat? God, after all, invited them both to the table. Do you have any business crossing people off the guest list or interfering with God’s welcome? If there are corrections to be made or manners to be learned, God can handle that without your help. (Romans 14:2-4, MSG)

Like Paul says, perhaps the best thing is to let God deal with our conscience.

I do my level best to keep a clear conscience before God and my neighbours in everything I do. (Acts 24:16, MSG)

Prayer – God, help us to be kind to one another. Amen

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