3. Do Not Conform
Every child I know wants to spend Halloween dressed up in a spectacular costume and gather all the candy they can. For centuries, Halloween has been a time for costumes, candy, and children saying "trick or treat" when you answer the door.
For the Peanuts gang, this was the same. They were going trick-or-treating and then attending a party at Violet’s house. All except Linus. He was going to the pumpkin patch. There was to be no trick-or-treating, parties, or buckets of candy.
In Romans 12:2 Paul tells us “do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Linus is definitely not conforming to the ways of this world. He is going against every tradition associated with Halloween.
Christians can look at the example Linus sets for us. Our minds are often tempted to conform to the ways of the world. We choose to accept behavior that is against God because we don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings or be left out. The gang left Linus out, but he didn’t let that bother him.
Linus heard the disbelieving words and the questions by his friends, yet he did not change his thoughts. Though everyone thought he was crazy, it didn’t make him change his mind.
God calls each of us to be set apart. Psalm 4:3 says, “Know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself…” Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 6:17 “Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord.” It is clear we are not to go along with something because everyone else is doing it or that makes me feel good.
Linus separated himself from his friends because he wanted to see the Great Pumpkin. We must separate ourselves from the ways of the world so we can see our Savior. Christians must keep their focus on the Lord and His word. If we do not, we end up getting a lot of candy, that when consumed, takes our happiness with it.
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