Monday, October 23, 2017

Halloween: O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?

The Flicks That Church Forgot podcast is by Peter Laws, a Baptist minister in England who loves horror movies and also loves Jesus Christ. As he puts it, "If God really does exist everywhere why can't we find his fingerprints in the scary places?" Each episode is usually a look at a horror film which Peter then follows up with a thoughtful look at something about Christianity or living a Christian life. It is really well done and always respectful to both Christians and nonbelievers.

I especially love three episodes he did a while ago about Halloween and Christians: origins, common Christian objections to Halloween, and a response to the top five typical Christian negative takes on Halloween. Again, he is careful to say that he understands the reasons some Christians don't like Halloween, but I think his beautifully put consideration is worth listening to, no matter which side you're on. (We all know around here that I'm a Halloween-lover, so moving on ...)

Here's the money quote which I share to both entice you into listening and also for those who will not be interested in hearing a podcast. I, of course, advise listen to all three Halloween episodes at The Flicks That Church Forgot (one, two, three).
... we can give the supernatural world of evil too much power. I guess it's a case of either the devil isn't real or the devil is on every street corner hiding inside a pumpkin. Surely there is a middle ground where we acknowledge supernatural evil but we recognize its limited power in the face of the power of Christ.

Ironically I wonder if this might have been what home of the Christians were doing when they celebrated All Hallow's Eve and All Saints Day in the past. Those festivities were opportunities to laugh in the face of evil spirits, to dress up as them and sort of mock them, saying, "Hey check this out. These big, scary demons, they're just empty masks. When you compare them with the power of the risen Jesus Christ, they're not up to much."

I wonder if Halloween offers us a chance to affirm our eternal life while looking into the face of death which has actually lost its sting ... For Christians the scariness of death is not scary. Not really. Because we've got eternal life.

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