This is what I wrote on facebook. Just posting it here for records:
Well, personally I don’t celebrate Halloween, but I don’t feel the need to give extra emphasis to condemn it on this particular day. If we are to condemn, there are many many more things that are also abhorrent to God, such as celebrating the blatant consumerism of lining up and fighting over goods during black Fridays, or worshipping singers, stars, business and sport celebrities as idols or even as gods (just watch Steve Jobs’ memorial service. It was almost like a typical praise and worship service.)
Why do I seldom see Christians posting on their facebook walls about these things, condemning them as cultures that God disapproves?
Anyways, as resurrected people, we need to redeem things, not just condemn things. Pumpkin is a good creation of God. Redeem it for its good purposes. Here is something I got from an email:
“Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin. God lifts you up, takes you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. He opens you up, touches you deep inside and scoops out all the yucky stuff–including the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc. Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside you to shine for all the world to see.”
Now this is what redemption is about. All Saints’ Day was originally celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost. Pope Gregory III (731–741) intentionally moved it to November 1st to overlap it with the pagan harvest festival to redeem it. Why aren’t we following the same spirit to redeem bad things and make it good?
Redeem culture, create culture. That’s what we need to do.
- Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling by Andy Crouch
- The State of North American Evangelicalism by Douglas Todd (Vancouver Sun columnist)