October 16, 2012

How We, As A Christian Family, Handled October 31, Why We Did It That Way, And How It Worked Out For Us

Posted in Christian Living, Christianity, Keys To The Kingdom, Right and Wrong tagged , , , , , , at 12:04 pm by Lisa Ritchey


October 31 is Satan’s highest festival.   Is it wrong for us, as believers in the Bible and followers of Jesus Christ to take part in it? It comes from very pagan rituals that the Bible definitely says we are to have absolutely no part of.  In fact, it says we are to avoid even the very appearance of evil.[1]  So, how can we go door-to-door dressed in costumes, setting out pumpkins and scary, decorations and not be participating?   

There are no children in our neighborhood any more, so it is no longer an issue for us.  This has not always been the case, though.  When kids would come by,  we would answer the door and explain to them what we believe and why we do not take part.  Simple.  The Bible does not tell us to hide from them, but to have a ready answer for why you believe what you believe.[2]

This is such a hot topic.  It really does boil down to one thing:  Are we just in this world, or are we of it? What do we tell our kids?  “We are in this world, but not of it.  We don’t do things like everybody else.” [3]  Holiness.

OR

“We believe the Bible, and it says this is wrong for us to do, but we are going to do this anyway so you will not feel left out, and won’t miss out on anything thing the other kids are doing”?  Is this not Hypocrisy?

I much prefer the first one, the Christian stance.  Trust me, if you do this your children will live.  An example:

My son was never allowed to read Harry Potter.  The Bible says that a witch (or warlock) is an affront to God.[4]  (They are not just books.  They are based on the actual  practices of Wicca  witches.[5])  His teachers knew that he would not be in class if they read it, and I was a substitute teacher.  I would know. [4]  This caused no problems, and my decision was respected.

The Bible also says in Ephesians 4:27  “Neither give place to the devil”.  This means don’t do things that will open a door and give him permission to come into your life and mess with you.  (Watch for a whole article on this topic soon.)  And how does G-d feel about it? (You know, that WWJD thing?) 

I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’!  

We taught our son to live a life Holy and pleasing unto God: If it offends God, we just don’t do it!

Our son is now 25, healthy, happy, well-adjusted, and lives a life pleasing to God.  He is also an Associate Pastor in a local Church.  He does not regret not doing the things everybody else did.  In fact, it taught him how to walk away from temptations and not to give in to peer pressure.  Trust me, it works.

I wish that more Christians would start following what we are told is right and wrong in the Bible.  It is much more difficult to be a good parent than it is to be a friend to your child, but it is soooooooooooooooooo worth it!

Two last thoughts:

Matthew 6:19-21 KJV

(19)  Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

(20)  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

(21)  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6)

It is their future, but your call.  

You can do it.  Jesus said so.[6]

(c) Lisa Ritchey and Bare Bones Gospel 2012


[1] 1 Thessalonians 5:22  Abstain from all appearance of evil.

[2] 1Peter 3:15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

[3] John 17:15-16 KJV
(15) I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
(16) They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

[4] (Deuteronomy 18:10-12 KJV) 10)There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
11) Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
12) For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

[5] I won’t list any specific article here.  Just do a search and there will be thousands of hits.

[6] Phillipians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

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