Evil & Suffering Spiritual Warfare

Just Lighten Up & Give Them Candy

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"We're not the real evil to worry about."

This is a repost from last year. -JB

It’s that diabolical week again.  This Sunday night many paranoid Christians will be once again hunkered down in their basements (if not at a “Harvest Party” at church) with their front porch lights off holding prayer vigils to ward off those sinners who participate in this evil Holiday.

Can I just say it straight?  The cute little ghosts and goblins, witches and vampires who are knocking on your darkened door with disappointment that you’re not there are NOT the real evil we should be placing in the crosshairs of our spiritual warfare offensive.  Doesn’t the Bible warn us that “Satan disguises himself as an angel of light”?  Then why are we so bent out of shape about all the children disguised as angels of darkness?

Might I suggest that the Evil One is much more powerfully at work in the ordinary business of our lives: the 10-year grudge we’ve been holding with a family member, our enormous financial debt weighing us down, the new luxury car we just bought to prop up our status, the job that gets more of our time than our spouse and kids, the hidden sin we’re afraid to bring out into the light because it would shatter our shiny Christian veneer of self-righteousness, and so on.

Yes, I know all about the pagan origins and godless rituals practiced by druid priests hundreds of years ago on “All Hallow’s Eve.”  Let’s steer clear of that stuff, and not glorify evil.  But I think the holiday as it is celebrated today is something altogether different.

The scariest thing I’ve discovered about Halloween is that Americans spent over 6 billion dollars in candy, costumes, and party attire last Halloween.  This places Halloween spending in second place only to Christmas. Satan must giggle when he does the math and realizes that 6 billion dollars could bring clean water and sewers to the entire 3rd world. That scary hayride and haunted house down the street we’re avoiding might actually be raising money for orphans.

So, here’s my challenge this year: Let’s all just lighten up a bit, turn on the outside lights and brighten some kids’ night with a piece of candy and a Christian smile!  This isn’t “the Devil’s Night” as they say.  That was probably last night and the night before.

Happy Halloween!

Dr. Jeremy Berg is the founding and Lead Pastor of MainStreet Covenant Church in Minnetonka Beach, MN, where he has served since 2010. He an Adjunct Professor of Theology at North Central University (Minneapolis) and Professor of Bible & Theology at Solid Rock Discipleship School. Jeremy earned a doctorate in New Testament Context under Dr. Scot McKnight at Northern Seminary. He and his wife, Kjerstin, have three kids, Peter, Isaak and Abigail.

1 comment on “Just Lighten Up & Give Them Candy

  1. Tina Graffunder

    Very true, Jeremy! We have only a few kids come here each year and I so wish we could participate in the fun of giving away candy. The smile on the kids faces and all the creative costumes are so much fun to see.

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