Anyone else out there a sucker for pretty packaging like me? You could pretty much wrap up a pile of poop in colorful cellophane, add some decorative labels and a cute tulle bow and I’d probably be tempted to buy it. Ridiculous right???
But that’s what we do every day with Satan’s tricks and tall tales. We buy them up like they’re the latest greatest thing and beg for more.
Why?? Because we’re blinded it’s “beauty” and believability.
The devil doesn’t serve us up a steaming, stinky pile of poo because no one would ever have anything to do with it. Nope, he sugarcoats it with safe and familiar, feel good stuff so that we hardly recognize we’re in the wrong.
I was talking to a friend one day about a show she was watching. This friend has given me permission to speak into her life and give her advice if I see something going on that maybe shouldn’t be. I told her, I’m pretty sure God doesn’t want you to be entertained by that and she said, “but it’s SO GOOD!!!!!” I said, “well yeah, everything the devil uses is either super fun or interesting otherwise no one would do it!!!”
We teach our children not to play with knives and fire and other things that can harm their bodies but do we teach them to protect their hearts and minds from things that can harm the way they think and feel?? And do we even protect ourselves or do we think, since we’re grown up, that we are fine and can do what we want?
I saw a church sign that said “The devil’s trick is no treat.” And boy is that ever true. It led me to deciding to post this blog today.
This month is not my favorite. Don’t get me wrong, I love FALL!! But all the spider webs and skeletons and ghosts and darkness has me flat creeped out and disturbed to say the least. I get that this is some people’s December (my favorite month and time of year), but why? Do we dare look into the root and origins of this so called “holiday?”
I read an article last week, Halloween from a Christian Perspective by Brian C Thomas, and it was frighteningly eye opening for me, someone who was already leery and somewhat knowledgeable on the subject. Here were some of the most shocking takeaways for me and I hope they’re enlightening to you too:
- The Celtics would have a feast called Samhain (pronounced Sah-ween) on November 1st in honor of “lord of the dead”. They viewed the times of the year in two halves – “light” for summer and “dark” for winter. This event was held to mark the end of the “light” summer months and the beginning of the “dark” days of winter. They believed this was a time when a barrier between natural and supernatural forces was temporarily removed and ghosts and spirits could wander freely among humans.
- The celebration of Halloween found its way to America in the 1800s when millions of Irish immigrants came searching for relief from a famine and brought their customs with them. In their native land, the Irish would carve out turnips or beets as lanterns to represent the dead. Due to a shortage of turnips and beets in America, the immigrants turned to the abundant pumpkin crop to make their lanterns. Pumpkins were carved with demonic faces and a light placed inside to scare off what they believed were wandering spirits of the dead.
- As stated earlier, “trick-or-treat” is the signature line given by Halloween revelers as they run from house to house. This ritual also traces back to the pagan Samhain festival of the Celtics. The Celtics believed spirits of the dead would rise out of the grave and wander the earth during Samhain. They believed some of the dead would return to their old residences. So they would place plates of food at their doorways along with gifts hoping they would soothe the wandering spirits. They feared the ghosts would harm their livestock or property if not pacified with a treat. Another way the villagers believed they could protect themselves from the dead was through trickery. Some would wear masks while others put soot on their faces hoping the ghosts would view them as just another spirit of the dead rather than a human. They thought that this trickery would cause the evil spirits to pass them by. This began the present day Halloween practice of disguising oneself as a demonic creature. The villagers looked to find protection either by tricking or treating the spirits of the dead.
To read the full article, which I highly recommend, click the link below. https://www.god1st.org/Halloween-From-a-Christian-Perspective
Ultimately, when we voluntarily enter into darkness, we are asking to be in danger. And who in their right mind would gleefully put themselves and their families in danger?? Lots of us. Because we’re ignorant. We don’t realize what’s at the root of what we’re doing. We’re just having fun and helping our kids make memories and surely that can’t be wrong, right???
I’m not judging any of y’all, I promise. I share this as a helpful, friendly, public service announcement. We can’t turn a blind eye or say we didn’t know better. We have to try and know better and when we do, do better.
Darkness is nothing to play with y’all. We are children of the light. And where we go, darkness has to flee. I know this may be getting a little too spiritual, but the spiritual realm is a reality whether we acknowledge it or not. Let’s not invite darkness and the devil into our homes and hearts by what we play with and participate in. Let’s protect our families with the truth of God’s word and not buy the pretty packages of poop.
“I am writing to you who are God’s children because your sins have been forgiven through Jesus. I am writing to you who are mature in the faith because you know Christ, who existed from the beginning. I am writing to you who are young in the faith because you have won your battle with the evil one. I have written to you who are God’s children because you know the Father. I have written to you who are mature in the faith because you know Christ, who existed from the beginning. I have written to you who are young in the faith because you are strong. God’s word lives in your hearts, and you have won your battle with the evil one. Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.”1 John 2:12-16 NLT