Autumn is our favorite time of year. The colors, the trip to the mountains, the cool mornings, the first frost (which here in Virgilina was this weekend!), all are great.
The only thing about our favorite month that bothers us is Halloween, or Samhain (pronounced So-wayne), a Druid holiday brought to America by northern Europeans. We understand the difference between form and meaning; that is, we know that a certain thing, like a drum or an evil eye or even an idol is not anything in and of itself, but the meaning attached to it is what is important (1 Corinthians 10:14, 18-21.) However, some forms are so corrupt that we should have nothing to do with them. We also understand that one person's personal conviction is not necessarily another's (Romans 14:4-8.)
Deuteronomy 7:25-26 is clear that forms which have a connection to pagan worship should be eradicated from a believers life and bring with them a curse. Believers should have nothing to do with them. It is our conviction that Halloweeen is one of those forms. It has no Christian content whatsoever. It is unashamedly a day of the dark side. There is nothing to redeem in a totally non-Christian holiday. It would be the same as Christians having come out of Hinduism celebrating Deepavali, the Hindu festival of lights and looking for redemptive value in a pagan holiday.
Read more about why we do not celebrate Halloween.
I invite your comments.