Trick or Treat?

    Last night I saw a little blurb on TV about halloween. While living in the states we really noticed the great extent people went to in decorating and preparing for halloween, I just did not realize it is a 6-8 billion dollar industry (different sources on the dollar amount). It really caught my attention when they mentioned the word billions. There is so much interest now that stores open up just for halloween. This enthusiasm for halloween is also here in Canada as you see more and more people decorating for halloween just like they do at Christmas. What really startled me was the comment made last night that Halloween has become like our Christmas. Actually there is nothing hallowed or holy about it. Some years back now I met a pastor from Africa who came to visit Canada during October. As we were driving he said, why do you people here celebrate death and the demonic. He said where he came from they were facing the real thing daily. I was never the same after that. The celebration of evil as the dollar figures show is at an all time high. The celebration of evil is almost the same as the celebration for the birthday of Jesus. Now I realize that most who decorate during these seasons are not really celebrating the birth of Jesus or the dominion of satan, they are just decorating. But as a Christians, halloween is something we need to be very careful with as my African pastor friend pointed out. Many will say what’s the big deal. In reality it is the same as watching demonic movies, it get’s in your head. We also need to watch out for the Christmas season and the materialism that goes with it. 2 Corinthians 11 “for satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.” We need to be careful with masquerades. 1 Peter 1:5 “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” More and more we see the demonic on the rise all around us.  Christians be careful there is more to trick or treat than meets the eye. Are you being tricked by the treat? Psalm 141:4 “Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil so that I take part in wicked deeds along with those who are evildoers; do not let me eat their delicacies.”