I’m taking a little break from the Biblical Womanhood series this week. But I’ll be back at it next week!
Every year is the same. October hits, and every store on the planet pulls out its most silly and disgusting Halloween decorations and then I have to explain to my children about the reality of both death and evil.
We have these conversations throughout the year at times also. But this time of year brings with it so many kinds of visual reminders that turn into nightmares for my kids. October brings nightmares. No other time of the year are my kids exposed to fake decapitated heads, bloodied limbs and horrifying masks hanging in the grocery store. Halloween, however, gives permission for all kinds of disgusting fantasy.
It’s perfectly suitable in October. Even though every other season, most would deem it despicable.
And it’s usually the Christian who stands up in aggravation of such behavior. And to some degree we should. At least to try and protect the eyes of our little ones and guard their hearts and spirits.
Because we can see past the hype for fun to the truth behind it all. That truth being, we live in a world filled with people who love to mix up light and darkness. And so we echo Isaiah’s lament of woes in Isaiah 5:20.
Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter!
We see that evil is very much real and very much prodded it at for our enjoyment this time of year. Christians should be the ones who see it all too clearly.
Filthy wickedness and evil sit in the heart of every human on earth. And death awaits all whose heart is currently beating. And its natural for us to be consumed with wonder over the thought of death and what comes after. Every soul ponders the mysteries of it, because it will take us all.
Yet the Christian sits in peace at the thought.
For the Christian, we think of that day and see it for what it truly is – a moment that takes us from one reality to another. And for this reason we can echo the apostle Paul in his mockery of death in 1 Corinthians 15:54-55…
When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come to pass: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”
The world makes light of death by celebrating and encouraging the depravity within, having no idea what is awaiting them. They should tremble in fear, but instead they embrace the darkness in complete ignorance of its reality.
We, however, can rest assured that our perishing will come but will immediately be consumed in the shared triumph of Christ. And so the sting of that fateful day becomes null. And we can mock it, like Paul does, because it no longer holds any power over us. For all it does is bring final glory. And our desire should be that the world have the same assurance and victory.
Where death, is your sting?! Where is your victory?! Christ has trounced death!
So this Halloween, we ought not to fear. And encourage our kids not to fear. For death has no hold on us! We must find strength in the good news of the gospel. And we must share the victorious Christ who put death in its place, and numbed the sting of sin.
As you walk around your community and talk to your neighbors, pray for the same assurance to come to them and for God to give you a genuine love for them. Pray for the words to say and the wisdom to say it well.
Go love your neighbors with the hope of Christ this Halloween.
And be light in the darkness. For this shadowy world needs it.