Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Ghouls, Greed, Grace and God

The history of Halloween has evolved from pagan to Christian and now in post-Christian America  ~  it is a inane magnification of the macabre:

In modern culture, Halloween has become not only a commercial holiday (second only to Christmas), but a season of cultural fascination with evil and the demonic. Even as the society has pressed the limits on issues such as sexuality, the culture's confrontation with the "dark side" has also pushed far beyond boundaries honored in the past. ~ Albert Mohler

As a child I enjoyed Halloween. Where I grew up it wasn't called "Trick-or-treating," but "Halloweening." It wasn't about the candy. Yes, we enjoyed our goodies, but it was about the fun. We would trek to the attic to the Halloween box filled with a humble hodge-podge of hand-me-down garments, accessories, and masks. We always managed to pull a costume together. And here's the thing ~ it had to be good. Good in the sense that ~ we had to be unrecognizable. We had to fool the neighbors. Because where I grew up the custom was to go only to neighbors' houses (people that you knew and they knew you), then you went inside their house, and they had to try to guess who you were. So, the goal was not to "give yourself" away in any way, shape, or form. The most fun was to stymie the neighbors, and the candy was just "icing on the cake."

That was the 60's.  Now, oh my ~ what Halloween has become.  A prime example of greed.  How much candy can I get!?!  Kids going to as many houses as possible, grabbing as much as possible, and giving you the "stink eye" when restricting their loot or they don't like what you are offering.  And don't get me started on the teens that show up in jeans, a flannel shirt, and a pillow case for their haul.  The lack of respect that has been exhibited at my door has been quite astonishing (not all, but enough).  Personally, I turn out all the lights so as to be participatory, but hubby, when he's stepped away from the front door ~ guess who has to open it.  Ugh.

However, I am more and more intrigued by this phenomenon that Halloween has turned into such a huge and intense celebration and glorification of death and all things related to it. 


Death ~  that which we do everything in our power to avoid. 

Death ~ that which we try to cheat. 

Death ~ that which we dread. 

Death ~ that which we fear. 

Death ~ that which we try to outsmart at every turn. 

Death ~ that which when a loved one does succumb to it leaves us sad, heartbroken, crushed, distraught, grief-stricken, and sometimes immobile. 

So, why do people decorate their yards like cemeteries, hang skeletons from the trees, and put ghouls on their porches.  Why do people flock to haunted houses, revel in all things morbid and dress in grotesque costumes?

Such a juxtaposition.

We hate death and yet, at Halloween ~ are jubilating in it.


In celebrating death in this "irreverent" way, does it make us feel more alive?

Is it an "in your face" way of saying, "Ha ~ I've cheated it for another year so I can mock it and make fun of it?"

I don't understand the rationale.  It just gets curiouser and curiouser to me that supposedly normal, otherwise level-headed people participate in the "celebration of darkness."  If they sat down and really thought through the reasoning of decorating their yards like cemeteries and their faces as zombies...would it sober them to the reality.

Death is not a joking matter.

Do they want to die?  Do they want their loved ones to die?

Do they think about what happens when they die?

There is life after death ~ where do you want to spend it?  There are two choices:




Heaven is light and hell is dark.

The good news is God in all His grace wants ALL to come into the light.  He has overcome the darkness.

"Because of God's tender mercy, the Light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give Light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace."  Luke 1: 78-79 (speaking of the advent of Jesus' birth)

Are you on the path of peace from knowing Jesus Christ as the One who came to earth, shed His Light, who died for you to live in the Light and have eternal life in heaven?

When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, "I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12

We have all committed sins because we now live in the world where purity and light were relinquished by Adam and Eve which gave Satan a foothold to usher in impurity and darkness.
We can become right with God again by acknowledging our sinfulness, and Jesus' sacrificial death on the cross that takes away our sins.

The journey from darkness, which is hellish, to light, which is easy. 

Just tell God you want His Light, Jesus to be your Savior from the darkness of your sins.

Choosing LIGHT and the celebration of walking in the Light is awesome!  Nothing compares. 
Click here to find out more about "peace with God,"  or if you have any questions, leave me a comment.

Clarification:  I do not mean to be judgemental to those who celebrate Halloween ~ it just is a CURIOSITY to me of the dichotomy of human nature's aversion to death and turning around and celebrating it ~ and I put some of those thoughts into words. That's all.


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