As you know, yesterday was Halloween, a holiday that has caused a lot of drama in the Church. Most Christians either love the day and see it as a great ministry opportunity to their community, or they hate the day because they feel it represents the devil and partaking in it therefore sinful. I want to talk about a third option.
If the devil and his minions have taken over a day of the year and created a holiday that celebrates evil, we need to take a look at what the Bible says about days and holidays to get His perspective on how we should respond.
The Word of God says the Lord created 'day' and called it 'good.'
Genesis 1: 3-5 in the NLT reads, "Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day."
In Psalms, we read about the attitude we should have toward each day: Psalm 118:24, KJV, says, "This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."
The etymology of the word 'holiday' is Old English for "holy day."
Nehemiah 8:9-10 says there are days "set apart as holy unto the Lord." These are days to be celebrated and remebered every year. Most of these days are celebrated with feasts and fun festivities. Only Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is observed with a large feast the night before and fasting (abstaining from food and water) on the day of the High Holy Day.
Jesus came to redeem what had been lost to the powers of darkness. Luke 19:10 in KJV says, "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."
Numbers 23:20 says what God has blessed cannot be reversed into a curse. If the Lord called the days He created 'good,' then every day should be regarded as 'good' and whatever is not currently aligned to that proclamation is our responsibility to realign.
As Children of God, we have been given the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:11-21) and it is our duty to enforce the victory He obtained at the Cross by reclaiming the territory stolen by the enemy.
Halloween is currently known as a day of evil festivities, a day where witches cast real spells, satanists sacrifice people and animals, and people trapped in darkness parade around in costumes glorifying what is evil instead of what is good.
I propose to Christians it is both our right and our responsibility to reclaim the day and turn it around to be a day of celebrating God's goodness and His Lordship.