My family decorates for fall. The front of our home has flowers, pumpkins, and leaves. We don't like spooky things. The only spider webs I have decorating my home are the ones that were built by spiders. Nan has been talking about her costume for weeks and weeks. She is going as a bride and will probably find a way to use lots of her mom's real make-up and get her hair done.
Two families and two different takes on a holiday. Two families who aren't critical of each other's decorating choices. Two families who aren't critical of costume choices. Two families who wouldn't be critical of each other even if one didn't even allow costumes.
My sister and I don't have the perfect relationship by any means and we can find plenty to be critical about to each other. Halloween isn't something we see eye-to-eye on and yet you won't find a judgemental word spoken about it between us.
Yesterday, She laughed as she told me this funny story:
She and Moo-Moo were decorating the front of their home. The little boy from across the street came over to watch and talk. He said to my sister something like, "We don't celebrate Halloween because we go to church. We go to trunk-or-treat. Halloween is bad." The little boy stood there passing along his parent's thoughts on the subject sprinkling in a good amount of church and God. Until he ends with, "Can I help you decorate your house since I can't do mine? This stuff is awesome!"
We all want our children to have our convictions but I know better than to believe that everything I am convicted about will be the things that Nan & Jo are convicted about. Halloween seems to be one of those things "Christians" are convicted about feel that they should convict others about.
As a follower of Christ, I hope you won't find a judgemental word spoken from me at all about the subject. If you consider yourself a follower of Christ or a Christian, I hope you won't find yourself speaking a judgemental word to anyone else about the subject. Instead of sharing your conviction with everyone who does celebrate Halloween, let us remember James words:
26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
If you are truly convicted about celebrating Halloween, let your actions during this day and every other day show that to those around you. Please "keep a tight rein" on your tongue so that your neighbors and family aren't pushed away from you and our Father by your personal convictions and judgements.
PS: You know that I love any reason to point out that if you identify yourself as a follower of Christ, you should be taking care of the orphan. http://www.newhorizonsforchildren.org/
Promote What You Love
Instead Of Bashing What You Hate