Keeping Halloween, But Not a Pagan?

I appreciate the prayers and emails.  I’m feeling better.  It wasn’t serious, but it did develop into bronchitis.

It’s just sort of odd that I don’t even get back into the routine of everything after the Feast, and then I get thrown off course again.  Like I said, nothing serious, but it does make life challenging.  I just apologize for falling behind on things.

The sad thing about it all is that there is so much to write about.  There just isn’t enough time in the day to truly address all that is wrong with this world and where the real solutions come from.  However, we need to look forward to the future and not concentrate on the past or even the present.  Yes, we need to live in the now, but we need to remember where we are going.

Maybe that’s why I just don’t understand why some put so much energy into trying to repudiate the holy days.  They look forward to the future.  Not just any future – but the future as God has decreed.  They give hope in a very dark world.

The world’s holidays don’t offer such as this.  Some look backwards to romanticize an event or an idea.  Many, though, are built upon complete works of fiction and fantasy.  Some, like Halloween, do so with potentially dangerous consequences.

Even the Baptist church where I grew up began to question the origins and safety of such a holiday.  More mainstream churches have done so today.  In spite of that, what was traditionally a holiday for kids has become big business catering to adults.  What is really scary about Halloween?  People will acknowledge this change in tenor, but they see nothing wrong with it.  We as a society have lost our sanity, and we don’t care!

I saw a comment (not mentioning who or where) recently where the person said that Halloween was their favorite holiday, but they weren’t a pagan.  They just don’t get it!  You cannot separate them!  I can call a thorn bush a rose, but it does not make it so!

Let me just ask one more question, though: Why tell your child all year round not to accept candy from strangers, but then tell them to go door-to-door begging for candy from complete strangers who are probably dressed up in costumes so you couldn’t recognize them if something really bad did happen?

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