Ahh the joys of twitter, where one can find out despite being a Christian you are involved in Satan’s works and participating in “Deeds of Darkness” all because you let your kids dress up and get candy. Â Yes, folks this is the lovely concept I encountered yesterday on Twitter. Â After seeing a tweet by Purex asking what people were dressing up as for Halloween, I see a response “Nothing, we do not celebrate Satanic Holidays”
Okay that’s fine, so just out of curiosity I tweeted a very simple tweet: We are a christian family and we take the kids out to church parties and trick or treating. Â does your church not do something?
And now I would like to show you the conversation that followed, which turned into a great debate conversation in the end. Â The person is the one who is @ me and I am the one with no @ just the sentences LOL, I blacked out their name as I am not sure they would want it shown on the blog, so it starts with their comment:
Eventually all was well and we were Kumbayaing together but still, it got me a bit flustered for a few minutes, seeming to insinuate that my family is participating in deeds of darkness because we choose to get dressed up and go get candy or attend a festival at our church??? Â That, as a Christian, coming from another Christian came off a little high horsey and offensive.
Shortly after I received a few dm’s asking if the tweeter just said “DEEDs of Darkness” Â oh yes my friends that is what was said. Â Now I am all for beliefs and to each his own but when you directly insinuate that I am participating in deeds of darkness (even if not outright saying that) I will be offended just as I am sure this tweeter would have been if I said to them, “Well that’s just crazy super religion talk” .
Then this conversation got me to thinking, I wonder how many others out there believe taking your children out to trick or treat is essentially being okay with a Satanic Holiday? Â Can you still live a Christ like life and let your kids go knock on some doors and get some candy or is your fate permanently sealed?
I think to not celebrate something is fine, I know several people from my church who don’t believe in telling their kids that Santa Claus brought presents, but instead that Jesus has allowed them to be blessed enough to be able to get the gifts for one another and I think that’s great. Â But they don’t insinuate we are doing harm by allowing our children to believe in Santa Claus and that is why I respect them. Â I know others who don’t celebrate Halloween as well but they would never insinuate that someone is participating in deeds of darkness or giving Satan a foothold in their lives.
Where do you draw the line for standing firm for your beliefs and yet not crossing the line of attacking someone for choosing to do different? Â I have been there I will share God’s word and when I can see someone is not wanting part of it, I know that it could do more harm than good, it’s called having wisdom and using it. Â I have friends who are agnostic and atheist and I am a christian and I know that if I talk to them past Â a certain point and they get offended what I stand for will mean nothing because they will be turned off by it.
In the end we can all have different beliefs and celebrate different holidays or not celebrate them but it’s about wording and not pushing our beliefs on others or coming off as “high horsey”. Â I am grateful for the conversation I had on twitter it just reinforced with me that even as a Christian I can celebrate Halloween and I am not going to hell for it. Â My kids are not participating in “deeds of darkness” or supporting a Satanic holiday but rather just being kids, dressing up and having fun. Â And if you want to try to tell me otherwise get ready for some Italian hot headedness to come out. Â I am good as long as you are not saying what I am doing is wrong (and I will give you the same respect) but if you do then I could get a bit feisty.
However Â I think when I get to heaven I will have a one on one with my homeboy, God, and ask him his thoughts on Trick or Treating and Family Festivals at churches on Halloween.
So I leave you with this original quote from….ME:
“I am a nondenominational charismatic, worship dancer, spirit filled, spiritual war-faring christian and I am taking my kids out on Halloween”
*The conversation is possibly posted out of order but it is the conversation that took place I am pretty sure that this is the order that it went in but the tweets could be posted in a different order from when I uploaded.