Doing all three for Jesus.
Here it is….the truth…it is not pretty…I don’t much like it….I hate to have to admit this…but…I am a Pharisee…or maybe its a Sadducee…or quite simply…I AM A HYPOCRITE.
What made me realize this? A less than stellar post written by a pastor stating why he celebrates Halloween. Less than stellar because he couldn’t use the Bible to back up anything he said, he caused division, and even after admitting he had discouraged (aka being a stumbling block) others, he still didn’t take the post down.
People who really know me know I like rules. Rules make life easy-usually. The problem is I tend to follow rules without looking at my heart. Then, when someone breaks a rule, I automatically attribute that to “heart issues” when in fact I follow rules simply to not deal with heart issues. (I know- I am soooo messed up. At least my God is still working on me!) And somewhere in my rule book is a rule against celebrating Halloween. Initially, I didn’t really care why we didn’t celebrate Halloween. We had let our kids dress up a few times over the years, but, honestly, I was too cheap to buy costumes and candy. Why would I buy good chocolate to give away????? Plus, my kids scare easily and everything surrounding Halloween seemed so dark and wicked.
Now, though, I have reasons-Biblical reasons-for our choice.
Anyway, back to the blog by the pastor. It is not the fact that he celebrates Halloween that upsets me (well, maybe it does a little), it is that he is not honest about why. See, I have Christian friends that celebrate Halloween, but not one of them has EVER tried to justify it. They simply say,”I don’t have problem with it and it is something I want to do.”
Sometimes, I have wanted to judge them for it, shove facts in their face, make them watch someone bow to worship an idol, sit and feel the presence of evil. In my mind I think, “If they could just understand how deceptive Satan is, they would change their mind.”
But then my sweet dear husband reminds me they get to make their own choices.
Not under Christian Liberty mind you , because Christian liberty is about edification, not about getting to do whatever you want, but under what I call the doctrine of “Getting to Make Your Own Choices Because God Does Not Force Feed Us.” I’m sure there is a proper name for this, but mine is easy to understand 🙂
He’s right. Sometimes I wish he wasn’t, but he is.
And here is where the hypocrite comes in, because I really spent time praying and thinking about why I was so irritated and then I asked the Lord to show me the places in my life where I have not even thought to ask Him what He thinks.
You ready? My ugly is coming out…
I think Christmas would feel wrong without stocking stuffers and Easter needs a coconut cake. I know…KNOW…that neither of those things have anything to do with Christ. I can’t even try to draw some kind of connection…even my youngest with her crazy imagination couldn’t come up with something. I do those simply because I want to. That’s it. No other reason. Not Christian Liberty, not a Romans 14 situation. It’s just a matter of my flesh being satisfied.
Now, I will say this. While there is nothing inherently good or bad about stocking stuffers (maybe unwise stewardship) or coconut cake (except gluttony on my part), many people would say Christmas and Easter are just as evil as Halloween. Just like there is nothing wrong with dressing up like a pumpkin and sharing candy, but there is nothing good about Halloween.
My youngest said the other day when we were walking past “decorations” in a store, “Why do people have such an issue with Hell, when they like all these things that come from it.” She meant demons and wickedness and I totally understood what she was saying. All I could say was, “Darkness hates the light.” That is why she gets confused when she sees Christians celebrating it. Sure, you may be dressed up as a Bible Character, but you are walking right next to the Zombie through a fake graveyard.
But that is your problem, not mine. My problem is I take a day set apart to celebrate the Birth or Resurrection of my Saviour and make it look no different than the atheist neighbor that celebrates the same date. That is a BIG problem and it breaks many rules in my book. Not to mention breaking my heart and God’s.
Christians, we are a called out people,” in” but not “of” the world, told to be diligent in our pursuit of holiness, and redeemed out of darkness.
We must continually grow in the grace and knowledge of our Saviour Jesus Christ.
We must let our light shine like a city on a hill so that the world will glorify our Father.
We must take the candle God has given us and light the souls of others with His light.
We can do none of the above if we are busy being hypocrites, instead of being busy doing His work.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
Hi! My name is Rachael and I am a child of God. I was saved from sin and all its bondage at the age of 21.