To a degree? No Rosalind -- it is evil, period. Our desire to dress up evil or downplay it does not change what it is. Now let us deal with red herring number two -- missing an opportunity to share God's love. Why did you wait until October 31 to realize you need to share God's love? This is an empty argument designed to make evil sound pious. First of all, no one is arguing to not GIVE candy. I am not expecting the unsaved to realize what they are partaking in is evil. No one is suggesting turning out the lights and pretending you are not home. The reference to paganism in Christ's day is yet another irrelevant point. God has made it crystal clear that we are to avoid even the appearance of evil; just see the key verse. The church should always present the Gospel. The problem is in singling out this day as different from any other. I've heard this argument before from people who are just seeking permission to dabble in that which they know they know they should not be involved with. If you have neighbors you usually do not talk to why wait until Halloween? Why not bring them an apple pie in June? I mean if this is really just about getting to know your neighbors better and showing them the love of Christ. C'mon. Look, I accept that many Christians will partake and I would just rather them be honest about not wanting to disappoint their kids as opposed to pretending God approves. He does not.
"4 Ways Christians Can Use Halloween to Spread God's Love
1. Hand out tracts with candy. When kids come to your home, have a tract ready to hand out with candy. Use this as an opportunity to spread the Good News of the gospel." -- Rosalind Jukic
Agreed. Candy and a tract is the perfect way for Christians to respond to Halloween. Will some in the neighborhood look upon you strangely? Possibly but we are supposed to be separate. We are supposed to be a shining city on a hill. I had a Christian case manager working for me once who wore Christ on her sleeve. She had a peer that hated God and tried at every turn to make the Christian woman's life miserable including a complaint to Human Resources for proselytizing. At every turn she would just smile and tell her God loved her. After about two years, when this woman's life was on the precipice, she came to the Christian case manager and heard the Gospel and was saved. We do not know what happens to the seeds we plant. God gives the increase. Give the tract and one day they might ask you for the reason that you hope. Just be prepared for that day as if it is always coming because one day it might.
"2. Trunk or treat. Find a church or organization hosting a trunk or treat and get involved with them, or organize one yourself and get your friends and church family involved!" -- Rosalind Jukic
I am sorry but no. Just get dressed up then and get it over with. The idea is not to try an sanitize evil because that does not work. I have heard the misguided cry that we are going to redeem the holiday from the devil. Yeah that won't work either. I would also ask that you examine yourself and be honest because that is not our true motivation in these situations. We just want to be able to do something. I remember once a brother wanted to have a costume party but insisted it had nothing to do with Halloween. Right. Then have it in April. All trunk and treats are is an excuse to celebrate Halloween AND separate yourself from the world. Wait, I thought this was all about spending time with your unsaved neighbors? Are we seeing the hypocrisy yet?
"3. Throw a neighborhood party. Get your neighbors together and organize a huge neighborhood block party. You can do a tour of homes or, if the weather is warm, host a block party. Give children a safe place to go and begin building a bridge to your neighbors as an opportunity to share the gospel." -- Rosalind Jukic
Hate to be a broken record here but why not do this on any day other than Satan's high holy day? I am all for the block party idea but not on Halloween. Not to mention I find it laughable that you would be willing to go to all the hassle of organizing as block party just to avoid having to not celebrate Halloween.