Lauriault: Halloween not necessarily a bad thing

Tomorrow, Thursday, is Halloween (All Hallows Evening). Scholars are divided over the origin of All Hallows (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halloween).

Some say it was instituted to recognize deceased believers, particularly martyrs and saints. Others claim that it, along with Christmas and Easter, are Christianized forms of pagan festivals and shouldn’t be celebrated.

I have no problem with Halloween because I attach no religious or superstitious significance to it. To me Halloween is simply a contemporary holiday on which children dress up to have fun, either by trying to scare others (although sometimes scaring others can have serious repercussions leaving people in a very unpeaceful condition) or by pretending to be their favorite character (although I don’t approve of many of the “characters” currently being put forth as heroes or examples to our children).

I also view Halloween as an opportunity for adults to not feel guilty about loading children up on sugar because we like to give candy to kids. I don’t judge others in regard to Halloween and I hope no one will judge me (Colossians 2:16-23; Romans 14:1-23).

This year, I have to be out of town for a meeting Thursday evening and Friday morning. When the meeting was scheduled, I mentioned to the host that it was going to start on Halloween, but that I figured my wife could handle the trick-or-treaters adequately in my absence. He responded that it might actually be a good omen that we were meeting on All Saints Day (All Hallows). He usually has a very positive outlook, but his response caught me off guard, although it was a pleasant surprise.

In Philippians 4:8-9, God tells us to think on the good things. We’re to test whatever comes along for its trustworthiness and value in for training in righteousness and godly living and hold on to the good parts discarding those components that actually distract from our journey to heaven (1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; 1 John 4:1). Some things are neutral in that regard (Romans 14:17). While I don’t have a dim view of Halloween, the meeting organizer took the high road and looked on the good side. That’s a mark of purity that every Christian is to exhibit (Titus 1:15-16).

So whatever you thought about Halloween in the past, if you now consider it another day to enjoy life in a special way, go ahead and give the kids some candy. Without regard to what some people think, having some candy isn’t necessarily bad for most children (1 Timothy 4:1-5), although, to be slightly more healthy, you might give them a piece of candy and something like a granola bar. They consider those to also be good (and we want to encourage good considerations). Just be sure that whatever you give is pure and excellent, untainted by anything. Parents and other caregivers, please remember to check everything that’s edible to make sure it’s not going to be harmful so you can be at peace with what your child is eating, even if it does elevate their energy level temporarily.

Leonard Lauriault is a member of the Church of Christ in Logan. Contact him at lmlaur@plateautel.net

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