Just steer clear of the dark side

Many Christians look at certain celebrated holidays and knowingly make an extra effort to be more Christ-centered, especially for Christmas and Easter. Well, what about Halloween?

Many church congregations concerned for the safety of  trick-or-treating after dark have begun holding Halloween parties, dinners or costume parades at their church buildings.

When children get older we discourage them from committing malicious “tricks” and from attending activities popularized during Halloween such as fortune telling, seances or theatrical Satanism.

One of our church leaders told our youth, “There is a dark side to spiritual things. In a moment of curiosity or reckless bravado some teenagers have been tempted to toy with Satan worship. Don’t you ever do that! Don’t associate with those that do! And there are other foolish games and activities that are on that dark side. Leave them alone!”

Another leader counseled, “No good can come from getting close to evil. Like playing with fire, it is too easy to get burned. The only safe course is to keep well distanced from the devil and any of his wicked activities. The mischief of devil worship, sorcery, casting spells, witchcraft, voodooism, black magic and all other forms of demonism should be avoided like the plague.”

We have found that it is not necessary to avoid Halloween festivities altogether. With a little planning, Halloween can be a fun family time. But as we gauge our behavior by the light of the scriptures and modern revelation, we can set a proper example for our children and others as we heed the Lord’s admonition to “chase darkness from among us.”

-- Wallace Price, Anniston Ward, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints


Instead, consider Reformation Day

This simple question has been debated by people for many years. I believe that whether you participate in our cultural holiday known as “Halloween” or not comes down to the attitude of your heart.

If you are celebrating to honor the dead or worship Satan, then no, you should not participate as a Christian. If you are using the night to have fun with friends and get candy for your children, then it is pure.

But, I would like to encourage church fellowships and individual Christians to consider celebrating Reformation Day on Oct. 31. As a Protestant, I believe that this is one of the most wonderful days of the year. This is the day in 1517 that Martin Luther sparked a fire that would lead to the purification of the church and return to biblical Christianity.

When Luther nailed his formal protest, or 95 Theses, to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, God began a work that would set people free from the oppression of false teachings in the Roman Catholic Church.

This Reformation truly changed the course of church history, politics, science, education and almost every other area of our lives. It would be well worth your time to study the roots of the Protestant Reformation so that you can truly thank God for His faithfulness to us through this monumental event.

-- Carlton Weathers, Grace Fellowship, Anniston