I Don’t Do Death
Here we are in October, and it’s clear that summer has run its course. Robins and Geese are winging southward. Cardinals baseball fans are cheering into late fall while Cubs fans rehearse their infamous chorus of, “Wait until next year.” The ghouls and gremlins have returned to stores and front lawns everywhere.
This year I was asked to judge a Halloween costume event. I have to refuse. I don’t celebrate Halloween. It’s not that I don’t believe what it represents, it’s that – as a person tasked to bring life and light into darkness – I cannot revel in darkness and death.
Now I know, there are those who see nothing wrong with a little “harmless, innocent fun.” They are free to hold their position. As for me, I am bound to certain points of Scripture. For example, 1 Thessalonians 5:5, “You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.” And consider 1 John 1:7, “… if we walk in the light as He is in the light, … the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” Finally, consider Ephesians 5:8-16 , “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says:
“ Awake, you who sleep,
Arise from the dead,
And Christ will give you light.”
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. ”
In summary, while I am happy to celebrate life and light, (That’s Easter, isn’t it?) I choose not to revel in darkness and death. Some choose to see the holiday differently. The see it as innocent, dress-up fun; all princess and fairies. There is that, but I cannot ignore the darker aspects of the day. You need to think it over, pray about it and decide for yourself.
Praying light and life for you,