“This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)
Ways in which a person may celebrate God’s goodness on October 31st:
1. First, remember that you are not celebrating the day itself, but rather the Lord’s goodness on this day. Remember that the Bible says that “This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” This applies to every day, including October 31st. So it is valid to have a celebration on October 31st, as long as you are doing it to glorify the Lord (see my article of yesterday).
2. Remember that in the Lord, there is liberty. You are not bound to celebrate God’s goodness to you in any particular way, as long as it glorifies the Lord. For example, having a meal at home might glorify the Lord. Going swimming might glorify the Lord. Going to a sports event or watching a drama performance might glorify the Lord. The choice is yours, as long as it brings glory to God (a lot of this has to do with attitude).
3. In my opinion, one of the very best ways to glorify the Lord on October 31st is to “get in on what some of the God-fearing churches are doing” — events, in fact, that are designed to help the unsaved find out about Jesus Christ (in fact, the church that my family and I will be attending on October 31st will be hosting a drama performance in which the gospel message will be clearly presented. Typically, there are several people who come to know the Lord as their Savior at events like this!)
4. Try and get involved in an event that the kids will respond to very positively, in which they can get together with their friends in a safe environment, one that promotes Christian unity and love. For this reason, you may not want to choose “having a meal at home” (one of the examples given above) as your choice of what to do with the kids on October 31st, even though it glorifies the Lord. God is not a “dead” God: He does want the kids to enjoy themselves on this evening, and the churches that are “awake” will be sure to have plenty of things to keep them busy and help them to keep their minds off what ever else they could be possibly “missing” by not being able to participate in Halloween.
5. If your own church is not planning anything special, visit another church that is. This may be a great time to meet other Christians from different denominational backgrounds, and break some of your biases, too!
6. Prior to attending such an evening, if you are uncertain of the church, you would be wise to field some diagnostic questions to one or more of the people in charge to find out the following:
A) Will there be costumes? Best answer: NO. The idea is not to mimic what the devil is doing, but to substitute it with something that is godly.
B) Will the message of the gospel be clearly presented? Best answer: YES. If the gospel is not clearly presented, and represented, then you would be best to find another church. In the west, it should be fairly easy to find a good church where the gospel is clearly presented. Remember, the Bible says we are to make the most of every opportunity. If the people at this church are not using it as a time to present the gospel message, then they are probably not serving Christ, but themselves. Stay away and find another church to go to (give your son or daughter a better witness than that — otherwise they won’t key into the fact that everything we do should be for Christ. They’ll simply see the evening as “just another way” to celebrate Halloween, but you want him or her to see the clear difference!)
C) Has the evening been tailored for kids? We should hope so!
Make that call today and don’t miss out on what the Lord has in store for you this evening!
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)