The easiest, but not unimportant, thing to do in your Halloween debate is pray. We can always ask God for guidance and wisdom. He’s able and willing to answer our prayers. The biggest issue here though is the same as citing verses from Scripture. As humans, we have a tendency to affirm our previously held beliefs. If you are already against Halloween, you will look for that evidence. You will also hear the same in prayer. If you are for Halloween, you will look for that evidence, even in prayer. This is why talking to someone who disagrees can offer a healthy challenge and help you grow intellectually.
In fact, praying for insight from the other side can prove helpful. If, as dutiful Christians, we want to follow God completely and wholeheartedly, we should accept that maybe we don’t have everything right. Maybe not everything that we believe today is true. Thus, we can pray to God not for confirmation, but for a wider and wiser perspective.
“Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God—who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly—and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)
While we can pray for God to give us wisdom and such, let’s not forget, He blessed us with eyes to see and a mind to reason. If you’re a Christian who believes people get possessed on Halloween, then ask yourself something. Have you seen someone be possessed or were you told to believe that? If you assume Halloween is Biblical, where do you derive your evidence?
We shouldn't always take what people say as truth. Much like we shouldn’t assume that the news always tells the truth, or our parents, we have to question ourselves sometimes, too.
If you’re weary of Halloween, try watching a light horror movie. Do you think demons are creeping into your spirit or are you simply afraid? Horror movies want you to be afraid, much like comedies want you to laugh, or dramas want you to cry.
If you like Halloween so much, where do you see God in action? Where are disciples being made? Is anyone being served in the name of Christ?
The more we observe, we might notice a change in our preconceived notions.
7. Try All This Over Again
As we did last year, and the year before, and yes, the year before that, we will debate. We will debate forever. Halloween is a significant day, more significant to people depending on where you live and your culture. Christians are not exempt from the debate, and that’s okay, but when we debate let’s do so with God in mind. Let’s talk to one another lovingly and intellectually. Yes, we may think we’re right because for so many years people have affirmed our beliefs, but remember – the trailblazers throughout history were once in the minority. The man who sparked the protestant movement was once in the minority, the man who believed in gravity was once in the minority, those who wanted to end slavery were once in the minority.
The less we assume about being right, the closer we step to finding truth.
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