Reformation Day Part 1: Escaping Halloween

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This is Part 1 of a 4 part series.  Part 2: Can We Really Do This?  Part 3: How We Celebrate Reformation Day and Part 4: Tips and FAQs

The most common question my children are asked this time of year is, “What are you going to be for Halloween?” The nice lady at the supermarket, well meaning neighbor or relative is told, “We don’t celebrate Halloween. We celebrate the Reformation.” The next most common question is, “What’s the Reformation?”

Isn’t that funny? They don’t question our desire to not celebrate Halloween (because, let’s be honest here, most people think it’s a pretty gross holiday) but they have no idea what we’re talking about with the Reformation.

It was 3 years ago when we broke free from the Halloween tradition. I remember the exact moment it happened. I was driving in our car with all our children. My oldest child, Isaac, (age 9 at the time) glanced over at a home decorated in gore and said, “Halloween is gross. We shouldn’t celebrate it.” His younger sisters quickly agreed and that was that. . . sort of.

I quickly affirmed their decision and praised them for discerning good from evil. They probably didn’t realize how seriously I took their comments that afternoon but they had said it and I was going to hold them to it. The truth is I had been praying for something like that experience.  I wanted to be free from this evil day and I wanted my children to choose to join me. I prayed that God would touch my children’s hearts and He did.

Now it was up to me.

Saying you won’t participate in a major holiday has some hurdles. Not participating meant not going over to grandparents homes to show off the costumes, no trick-or-treating with friends, and skipping neighborhood or family parties. So, what to do?

I began by telling my parents we weren’t participating and they lived through the shock. In fact, my Mother commended me on my decision though she still celebrates the holiday herself.  My in-laws didn’t live close enough for it to be an issue for them.

That year we did what many people do who don’t like Halloween: We turned off the lights and pretended we weren’t home.  I heard about people celebrating the Reformation but I was so clueless about what that meant that I don’t think we did much of anything other than just not participate in Halloween.  Yet, that one step away from the stench of Halloween was a breath of fresh air.

Like most forms of abuse it takes a person removing herself, or being removed from it, to actually see what was going on.

Halloween is a Pedophile

You probably already know that most pedophiles know their victims very well. They are family members, neighbors, close relatives or attend the same church. The pedophile doesn’t begin abusing the child until they have “groomed” the victim by instilling a sense of trust. A trust that will insure compliance on the part of the victim while the most vile violation of that trust takes place.

Halloween is a lot like that. Halloween doesn’t start out with most children as being a violent, pornographic, Satanic horror-fest.  But if you stick with it long enough it will bring you there.

I began innocently enough with my own children. The first son was a pumpkin at 6 months old. Sooooo cute! What’s the harm in that? Then there was that year when my two boys were matching Tiggers. On it would go through the years with the cute costumes and me dismissing the horror/porno side of the holiday as something “other people” do – not us.

I realize now that I was grooming my children for the very thing I was strongly against. When did I see my first horror film? Halloween. When were my girlfriends and I most likely to dress up in something we would never wear any other day, or night, of the year? Halloween. When was it deemed “fun” to experiment with the occult including ouiji boards and seances? Halloween. When do we consider it “fun” to scare ourselves and others with masks, movies and entertainment involving mutilations, torture, grotesque violence and pornography? Halloween.

Even if you do not condone any of those things in your own home, your very participation in the holiday and teaching your child that “Halloween is fun” guarantees that at some point they will be invited to participate in those things. There will be parties involving tweens, teens or adults to which your child will be invited and you will not. Your child will not be on guard because his own mother taught him, “Halloween is fun.”

Have you noticed that you may dress your little angel like this

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Only to have her led to think this is more appropriate when she grows up?

Somehow every “cute” child costume has it’s pornographic equivalent waiting in the wings. Just add the word “sexy” to anything your darling daughter is today and that’s what she’ll be offered in just a few more years.

Your sweet son who wants to be a cute little “scary” ghost

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will soon be given untold options including this:

This is simply the natural progression of Halloween The Pedophile.

Halloween is not fun. It is Satanic, anti-Christ, pornographic, and evil.

However, I am the only person in my neighborhood, or family, that does not celebrate it even though many others agree with me in principle.

Why do good people celebrate such an evil thing? Mostly because they don’t know how to check out of it. Then, if they do, how do they break it to their parents, friends and neighbors without offending anyone?

Anyone who has broken free from an evil tradition has faced the same dilemma. It is not insurmountable and the joy on the other side is worth it.

Stay tuned for Part 2: Can We Really Do This?

Reformation Day Part 4: Tips and FAQs

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This is part 4 of a 4 part series on Reformation Day.  Part 1: Escaping Halloween, Part 2: Can We Really Do This?, Part 3: How We Celebrate The Reformation

The Reformation is a term used that covers a huge swath of history.  Even among Christians it can have many different meanings.  So take these tips with a grain of salt since they may only apply to me and my family.

Tip 1: Keep It Simple –  Because the world teaches us that to truly celebrate we must go overboard in so many ways i.e. eating, prep time, expense, etc. this is a real temptation for many of us to follow.  I have to keep reminding myself to simplify.  I want space in our days and our celebrations for there to be peace that can be felt.  There needs to be a place for the Spirit to speak to my children (and me!) so that they can know for themselves that God lives and loves them.

Tip 2: Pray – God will guide you to know what to do and, probably more importantly, what not to do.  I have so many ideas that I have to keep a notebook to list new inspirations that keep popping up.  “Ask and it shall be given you.”  But remember Tip 1.

Tip 3: Get Excited! – My children love this holiday because I love it.  I am excited about what I am learning and sharing.  I am excited that I have been touched with a love for the scriptures and the reformers that I have never experienced before.  I am excited to share my testimony with others so that they might taste of the sweetness of God’s word.  I am excited for my little surprises I wrote about in Part 3.  I’m excited to be experiencing a holiday that fills my family with light as we enter the Christmas season.

Tip 4: Make it Special – Set aside time in family devotionals, dinner conversations, bedtime stories or even in the car when you speak of reforming your life and the value of the scriptures.  Make special foods.  Maybe dress up in special clothes.  I love to read by candlelight since it draws everyone closer together and feels sacred for us.  Do things out of the ordinary that shows your family that this is indeed a Holy Day.  And, remember Tip 1.

Tip 5: Teach the Why Behind the Celebration – There are 2 parts to this: teach why you choose to not celebrate Halloween and teach why you do choose to celebrate the Reformation.  This is something I revisit every year as the neighbors put out decorations and friends ask “What are you going to be?”  Each year I gain a stronger testimony that I am doing the right thing for my family.  Sometimes I need the reminder too.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can’t I celebrate both Halloween and the Reformation?  Sure you can.  And you can get married and still date other men.  And you can workout every day and still eat like a pig.  And you can support the right to life and send a donation to your local abortion clinic.  (I don’t know how to do a smiley face but you know I’m joking, right?)

Here’s the thing.  Once you understand for yourself that it is not pleasing to God for you to participate in “The Night of Supreme Demonic Jubilation” you simply won’t want to do it.  The spirit of the two simply don’t mesh.  If however, you have prayed about it and you feel that you should continue your Halloween observance, go ahead.  I’m not here to tell you what to do, just what I chose for my family.

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

Make a choice.  Take a stand.  Be firm.

I prayed and I feel that I am to continue to celebrate Halloween.  Is that possible?  Sure, it’s possible.  I kind of doubt that it’s probable but I didn’t have that experience, you did.  If you are feeling confused about your answer or anxious I would revisit it.  God’s spirit is not one of anxiety, confusion or fear.  Search for “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding.”  If you feel that peace, don’t abandon that path on my account.

I’m all for dumping Halloween but my family is not on-board.  What should I do?  First, go to God.  He’s the one with the answer for you.  For me it took some humility and willingness to take a stand against Halloween but I also asked God for a miracle so that my children would desire to go along with it.  He gave me that miracle, which I wrote about in Part 1.  I would also suggest having some teaching moments in family devotionals or dinner time where you can express your discomfort with the holiday and see what your children have to say.  Do they really love Halloween or just the candy?  Or maybe just dressing up?  Find out specifically and see if you can have a Holy Day and include things they love while still honoring your revealed path.

My husband’s favorite holiday is Halloween.  He decorates, he dresses up, he loves horror movies, he does it all!  How can I convince him to let it go?  You can’t.  You will not be able to convince him of anything – especially if he thinks you are trying to convince him.  That’s the job of the Spirit.  I think if you take your concerns to him in a loving way, depending on your relationship, he will listen to your point of view.  I would also call him out as a man and as your protector to stand up for Christ.  Ultimately, prayer is your best bet.  Turn him over to God and compliment him whenever you see him leading your family in righteousness and creating a safe environment for the Spirit.

I should mention that much of why we let go of Halloween was my doing.  This came about from me getting serious about my stewardship as a mother and being “primarily responsible for the nurture of [my] children.”  Luckily, my husband supports me in that role.  Thus, I make the final decision on most of the issues around holidays and how they affect our home and children.  My husband has gone along with it but he had no problem with celebrating Halloween like everyone else.

However, since last year’s celebration, (remember how simple it was?) my husband has been on-board 100%.  But he had to feel of the Spirit of the Reformation before he was convinced.  He is now on fire about it, something I could have never foreseen.  It wasn’t something I did to convince him.  It was something he was taught by the Spirit.

What’s wrong with having a little fun?  We don’t do any of the evil or gross things around the holiday.  In fact it holds no real meaning for us other than just being fun.  There’s nothing inherently “wrong” with having fun.  Make your Reformation Day celebration fun!  Just don’t tell me that it’s okay to celebrate a satanic holiday as long as you don’t acknowledge it as satanic.  Would you be okay with your children celebrating other holidays associated with the occult as long as they kept it all “fun”?  Just remember that your “fun” Halloween traditions “grow up” like I talked about in Part 1.

Honestly, I’m not here to tell you whether or not to celebrate Halloween but to offer a much better alternative that happens to coincide with October 31st.  The Reformation is so full of meaning, joy and strength that if someone tried to convince me to abandon it because something else is “fun” . . . let’s just say that they wouldn’t have chance.  I know I can’t convince you to abandon a tradition if it is held deep in your heart.  I’m just offering you an alternative.

You seem to focus a lot on the translation of the Bible.  I thought the Reformation, and October 31st, was about Martin Luther.  The Reformation can be a lot of different things.  There is simply too much for me to cover to talk about it all.  Also, I don’t know much about several of the events of the Reformation.

I have a lot of ideas for the coming years that will involve several other historic events and figures of the Reformation.  This year I am focusing on the coming forth of the English Bible because I feel passionate about it.  You can be lead to something personal and meaningful for your family.

Would you like us to all abandon Halloween and just celebrate the Reformation?  That could be great if it was done for the right reasons.  My hesitation is that Reformation Day would turn into another commercialized holiday with Martyr Marshmallows you can roast over an open fire or pinatas in the likeness of Martin Luther that you can whack with a stick until he vomits forth candy in the shape of a Bible.  Not pretty.

Reformation Day isn’t anything like a holiday we currently celebrate in Christendom.  It has a different spirit.  Because it is so unsoiled from the world it is precious and not something I try to convince others of celebrating unless they feel called to do so.  I felt that calling.  I feel it now.
Our church leaders celebrate this holiday.  Are you putting yourself above them?  I guess that depends on what you mean.  I put myself above everyone when it comes to receiving personal revelation for my family.

My local church leaders also participate in Halloween.  In fact, I’m honestly not aware of a local Christian church that doesn’t.  I’m at a loss as to know why that it because celebrating the Reformation is so incredible!

I would hate to have you for a neighbor.  You are so judgmental.  Really?  Maybe I am your neighbor and you don’t know it.  Just let me say that if you feel judged that’s for you to work out with God, not me.  I have no problem loving and serving all you Halloween lovers out there.  You are still my brothers and sisters in Christ.  However, I honestly think you are missing out on a life changing event.  But, that’s for you to decide.

I don’t want to offend anyone.  Good for you.  I don’t want to offend anyone either.  In Matthew 24 we are told of the last days, our days.  One thing he mentions is, “. . then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.”   We don’t seek to offend but many, including fellow Christians, will find standing for Christ to be offensive because it calls forth something in them.  Let them have their offense if they choose it.  It may be the path they need to follow to finally choose to turn to Christ.

By standing for Christ you are least likely to offend those who really matter.  (I’m talking about God, Christ, & the Holy Spirit, not me or others who celebrate Reformation Day.)

You take this so seriously.  Doesn’t God want His children to have fun?  Frankly, no.  I can’t find a single reference in the scriptures that encourages us to seek “fun.”  I do know that God wants us to experience peace and joy.  If that’s what Halloween does for you, then continue on.  But I must say that I do think my family’s celebration of holidays, as different as they may be, are fun . . . or maybe enjoyable is a better word.  We spend time together, play games, sing songs and create memories that strengthen our family.

You are correct that I do take this seriously.  The Reformation was deadly serious.  In our day I don’t know if something like the Reformation could have happened because it’s not really fun to flee from your home, watch your children suffer or burn at the stake as a witness for Christ.  Pintrest is much more fun.

Don’t you miss anything about Halloween?  I  do.  I miss sharing a common event among my family, friends & neighbors.  I don’t, however, miss it enough to abandon my current path or join in theirs.

There is much to the Halloween tradition that I am glad to be rid of: the sugar intoxication, gruesome images, pornographic costumes, horror movies, and feeling terribly uncomfortable being around it all.

I always felt torn.  Now I feel free.

Happy Reformation Day!

Reformation Day Part 3: How We Celebrate Reformation Day

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PLEASE NOTE: This is Part 3 of a 4 Part series. Part 1: Escaping Halloween, Part 2: Can We Really Do This? and Part 4: Tips and FAQs

The best thing about holidays is the anticipation; the buildup to a grand finale event. Thus, our Reformation celebration is interwoven into our lives for several weeks before the actual day of celebration.

Last year, my first effort at celebrating the Reformation, was very simple.  My guiding principle was to create an atmosphere where the Spirit of the Lord would be unrestrained.  That’s a tall order in this world especially since I knew that my knowledge of the Reformation was so limited that there was simply very little that I could share with my children.  I knew that I would have to rely on God to do the teaching.

Sunday evenings in our family are usually spent visiting with relatives.  Last October we skipped the family gatherings and instead took the time to watch a documentary telling of the coming forth of the King James Bible entitled, Fires of Faith. There is a lot of good information for adults but also some well dramatized portions that keep the children engaged.

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The final episode we saved for Reformation Day.  When the film ended I was in tears.  The sacred feeling in our home was palpable.  My husband and I shared our testimonies of the scriptures, and the Bible in particular, with our children.  I felt a love for the reformers and the Bible at a depth I had never experienced before in my life.  Scripture was precious and a treasure more valuable than life for many, many people.  It begged the question, how sacred are the scriptures in my own life?

This simple experience changed me forever.

It was truly that simple.  I’m trying to think if there was anything “special” we did.  I’m sure there was food involved.  Probably popcorn or smoothies.  Nothing complicated.  We spoke of the Reformation during our daily family devotionals but the real focus was on trying to create a home environment where God could dwell in our hearts.

In order for our evening to be undisturbed I hung a sign above the stairs to our porch.  I think it said something like this:

Happy Reformation Day

Thank you for not disturbing our celebration.

P.S.  This means we are not handing out treats.

We didn’t have a single knock on the door all night.  **Heaven**

This year we are beefing up our celebration simply because I’ve had a year to think about it and plan.  It’s been a matter of prayer and meditation. I don’t want to overload the holiday with activities, rich foods, or “fun” to the point that I crowd out the Spirit.  But I do feel ready to do more.

The Bible Smuggler

This year I am reading The Bible Smuggler, by Louise A. Vernon, aloud to the children.  Just a chapter each night before bed.  It’s the story of William Tyndale and his efforts to translate the Bible into English.  He had to flee his native England to do it.  He then smuggled Bibles back into England for his countrymen to read.  It’s a very exciting tale and something the whole family enjoys. (Remember my oldest is 11.)

Fox's Book of Martyrs: Or a History of the Lives, Sufferings, and Triumphant Deaths of Many of the Primitive As Well As Protestant Martyrs (Classic Reprint)

I am personally reading Foxe’s Book of Martyrs (Free at Gutenberg.org).  This recounts the lives of several Christian martyrs throughout history.  I share bits of interesting stories with my children but try to be careful to not overwhelm them with dates and details that will matter little to them at this point.  I don’t want the focus to become gruesome or fatalistic but rather empowering and joyful yet with a true sense of the sacrifices made by others who risked all that we might enjoy the light we have today.

Because I get to make this all up as I go I have expanded my celebration to include all those who have sacrificed to make the scriptures available to truth seekers or lived in such a way that their very lives testified of the power of God’s word.  Thus I’ve shared stories from books like The Hiding Place , The Devil in Pew Number 7 and some I’ve found online about modern day Christian martyrs.

We are reading in the Bible each morning during our family devotionals.  What my children don’t know is that one of these mornings their English Bibles will be gone and in their place will be Bibles in a language they can’t read.  I have the Bible in Spanish but I think they would be able to discern quite a few of the words.  That may be good but I’ve also contemplated getting some in a language more foreign to them.  We will try to study that way for a few days and have some activities around translating.

We are also taking an hour every Sunday to re-watch Fires of Faith.  It’s cut into three 1-hour segments which is just about right for my young family.

The grand finale this year I am hoping will go something like this:  We’ll have a special dinner during which we’ll receive a mysterious package of something like a bucket of wheat.  We’ll dig through it and discover there is an English Bible hidden in it.  (Something akin to how Bibles were smuggled into England.)

We’ll gather round the kitchen table and read passages by candlelight.  (I think the dinner will be by candle light as well, depending on how dark it is at that point.)

Suddenly, there will be a frantic knock on our front door and someone will rush in yelling, “They’re coming!  The soldiers are coming to arrest anyone found with an English Bible!  Hide it!”  Moments later some soldiers/bad guys will come in and proceed to search for our English Bible.  They probably won’t find it but will ask, “Tell us, do you have an English Bible?” (I want them to be just a little bit scary but not too much.  These will probably be some young men my children know.)  At that point my husband will stand up and bear his testimony of the Bible and it’s place in our lives.  I’ll then do the same.  The children may or may not follow suit.  Of course the soldiers/bad guys will be touched by our testimonies and lay down their weapons.  We will forgive them and serve them dessert.

Granted, this is a happy ending to a time period when many lost their lives but, again, I don’t want the focus to be on death but rather on how we live and testify of Christ in our lives.

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Please remember that I’m making this up as I go.  Year one we simply checked out of Halloween.  Year 2, I made my first concerted effort to celebrate the Reformation.  That was just last year.  Year 3 is happening as I speak.  There is no right way to do this and I suspect that year after year I will find elements that my family loves and others that we won’t repeat.  My hope in writing this post is that others of like mind and heart will find support and love from another family who seeks to honor the defenders of truth throughout the ages.

Coming up – Part 4: Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

Reformation Day Part 2: Can We Really Do This?

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This is Part 2 of a 4 part series.  Part 1: Escaping Halloween, Part 3: How We Celebrate Reformation Day, and Part 4: Tips and FAQs.

Checking out of a major holiday, even one you are convinced is evil, is not necessarily easy. But when I finally made my decision, and I mean a REAL line-in-the-sand-decision, I felt the strength of God and I knew I was not in this alone. Otherwise I would still be in my basement pretending we weren’t home.

I’ve had some push back from the kids. We have 7 children ages 4 mo – 11. Of course they want to be with friend and do what they do. We live in a suburban neighborhood and our church sponsors an annual trunk-or-treat complete with our share of gross and pornographic costumes and a “spook alley”. This is by far the most well attended church activity of the year. (A close second is breakfast with Santa complete with pancakes covered in ice cream. Since you can’t tell from the description of our church-sponsored activities I suppose I should mention that we are Christian.) Unless I lock my children in the basement there is no way to avoid the graphic gore and evil of this time of year.

Thus, step number one for our celebration is to educate our children about our choice – every year. Kids are smart enough at a very young age to know that Halloween is scary, evil and gross. They know how they feel when they see typical decorations for this holiday. That’s a jumping off point for a discussion about the origins of Halloween and what it means in society. We don’t dwell on this but we do discuss it every year so that the children are clear about why we choose something different. This year we discussed it over family dinner and then let it go. In the past I’ve held up pictures of family, Christ, and peaceful scenes and ask how they feel when they see those images. I then hold up some select images of typical (and quite tame) Halloween decorations and ask how they feel. No honest child will say they feel joy, peace, safe or love from evil images.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  2 Timothy 1:7

I have yet to have someone disagree with me that Halloween is an increasingly gross, evil, hyper-sexual holiday. Why do they keep participating and not start celebrating the Reformation? Here are some of the reasons I’ve heard:

Concern: I have to know about the Reformation in order to celebrate it.

The Truth: Not at all. You can learn about it as a family. When I heard of this I wasn’t quite sure what the Reformation was (or if I should capitalize it or not). But I was committed to try. I was raised Christian and, shamefully, have heard only brief snippets of the Reformation story. It’s a rich, deep, history with something for all Christians. In fact, I think it has something for all people, not just Christians. But you can decide for yourself as you get into it.

Concern: Celebrating the Reformation would be no fun compared to Halloween. Or, It would be so boooooring.

TheTruth: Only if you are boring.

The Reformation is full of adventure, romance, intrigue, spies, miracles and God’s hand in every step.

But here’s the thing, you can’t compete with Halloween. If you try to compete with the “fun” of Halloween you will lose. If you celebrate Halloween but call it a “Harvest Festival” you will lose. If you try to create as much fun as your children will have at Halloween parties you will lose.

It’s like a candle trying to compete with a flashing F-U-N neon sign. You simply can’t compete.

But I’ve decided that fun is overrated. (When you read part 3 of this series you can decide if our celebration sounds like “fun” or not.)

The most common reason I hear from people who agree with me on principle but will not change is that Halloween is “just for fun”. What I hear is: If it’s fun it’s not evil. At what point does the fun excuse end? There are people who kill for fun. Loads of folks have sex for fun. In college kids drank for fun, were crude for fun and smoked weed for fun. Fun Fun Fun Fun Fun. Stupid, yes. But it was fun. It cost lives, created addictions, and sucked out souls out BUT IT WAS FUN! Guess what! Fun still has consequences!!!!

I’m not going for “FUN” in my approach to holidays. I do want them to be enJOYable with an emphasis on the JOY. I want my children to be changed by them for the better. I want to create an atmosphere where the Spirit can dwell so that whatever joy they experience pierces them to their core. I want them to love the reformers, love the scriptures and have a testimony of Christ and this holiday in a very real way.

I want them to appreciate the sacrifices made by others so that they can freely read the scriptures. I want them to know that these stories of sacrifice, courage and strength are their heritage. These are their stories. There are still many lands where Christians are persecuted and killed for reading the Bible but we, WE get to read the scriptures without fear of death – just a bit of finger pointing by fellow Christians. I can handle that.

I want my children to realize that the Christian martyrs didn’t do what what did for fun. But like Christ they suffered “for the joy that was set before (them)”. They knew that true joy was the reward for their sacrifice. I believe, by studying the lives of these men and women we can see that they experienced joy in the journey even though the journey was very difficult.

Concern: Everyone will be offended that I’m not participating in Halloween.

The Truth: Seriously? Everyone will be offended that you are doing what you feel is best for your family? If everyone you know is truly offended you need to get some new friends. Honestly, people don’t think about you nearly as much as you think they think about you. Get over it.

The truth is that people will respect you. They will question you and maybe even challenge you but they will respect you. You will become that candle to help them see something better when they turn away from the neon sign.

Hebrews 12:2 is very instructive here. It states: Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

In celebrating this holiday we too look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. He not only endured the cross “for the joy that was set before him” but also “despised the shame.” We too despise the shame the world would seek to heap upon us for standing for Christ. I will not take upon myself that burden. I do not seek to offend but I will not harm my children so that others can be comfortable with their own decisions.

I understand that the fear of offending others can be a hurdle which brings me to the real reason why people don’t dump Halloween – they haven’t asked God and received a witness that they should.

I know that when God gives me a witness of a direction my family is to take He also gives me the power to do the thing He is asking of me. He will not only give you the strength to say no to evil traditions but will also help you to still love those who choose to continue in that path. When you act in the power of God you will be just fine being different in a very obvious way. You will come to know that it is true as stated in Psalms 29:11

The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.

I no longer have any problem telling people about what we do. In fact I love to share it because it has been so powerful and transformative in our spiritual growth as a family. You could not pay me any amount of money to abandon this holiday or the ways in which we choose to celebrate it.

Let me be clear about something: This isn’t about not celebrating Halloween. I’m not celebrating the Reformation instead of Halloween. It just happens to conveniently correspond in a juxtaposed position on the day that most people celebrate darkness. In that darkness my family chooses to celebrate light.

Coming up next – Part 3: How We Celebrate Reformation Day