Pastor J.D. explains that neither celebrating nor opposing Halloween is right or wrong. However, the holiday does present a unique opportunity for fellowship among neighbors.
A glimpse inside this episode:
- This is a topic that demands we respect each other’s perspective; both sides need to extend charity to the other.
- Functionally, Halloween isn’t good or bad.
- Paul, similar topic, in Romans 14: Whatever is not of faith is sin.
- Some people will choose to refrain because of the historic connections with the occult.
- Many, though, will recognize that cultural symbols shift.
- “Trick or treating,” for most, has nothing to do with the occult.
- For those who do celebrate:
- I encourage people to see trick-or-treating as an opportunity for outreach.
- As my friend Ed Stetzer says, on what other day of the year are your neighbors out in the neighborhood and willing to engage in conversation? Why would we not use this open door?
- Halloween at the Greear household.
- Recommended resource: The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield