This post is part of the Saturday Streams of Consciousness where we are required to write without editing whatever comes, prompted by a word. This week’s word is “trick”
Whenever I see stores decorated for Halloween, I have a negative gut reaction. This stems from the era in which I was born, my country of residence and my Anglican origens. The church celebrates All Saints Day on the 1st November to honour all the saints and the night before is regarded as the night where the evil spirits are loosed to cause havoc on earth. This probably arose from the Celts who believed that the spirits of the dead roamed the earth that night, destroying crops and harming people.
Therefore I regard Halloween as a symbol of evil.
The South African Police know to expect a spike of violent crimes on the 31st October, including murders and ritual sacrifices, including torture of animals. Some say it is the Devil’s holy day and Satanists celebrate it as such. I have no personal knowledge of that except for a lady who came to talk to a group of kids at school a very long time ago. She used to be a Satanist but found Christ.
This morning my son in Russia sent me a photo of a light in a pumpkin he had carved. I had to overcome my gut reaction. After all, it’s a piece of craftmanship. I have tried carving a watermelon with indifferent results. After all, a pumpkin in itself has no intrinsic significance as a symbol except as a gift from God. The most important thing to see is that the light is the hero of the picture, not the pumpkin.
Jesus is the Light of the world and while it is true that Satan is the ruler of the world at this moment, Jesu’s light can’t be extinguished.
“Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. they don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.” (2 Cor 4:4 NLT)
So let us not be blinded by the trick of Satan, but open our eyes to the treat of being in a relationship with Jesus Christ, the Light of the World.