dirty Christian words.
There, I said it. It's out there.
It's a very controversial thing among us Christians. And as a parent, to little sinners who you are trying to lead the way for, you have to decide which stance your family will take on it. Either it's harmless fun or you are taking your kids door to door to sell their souls for fun size snickers. At least that is how it's been told to me. I DO think there is a right answer and I will share that at the end of this post. Just hang in there.
Last year was our first year trick or treating with the boys. Before that they weren't really old enough to warrant buying them a costume to go around and collect candy that we wouldn't let them eat anyway. Last year, we took them, they had a few pieces, forgot that the candy existed and we, as parents, hoarded the rest. :) Good deal right?
Here's hoping it goes that way again.
But you know how we, as Christians, decided whether or not to even participate? Because really we had A LOT of input from everyone we know. We researched it. We got to the root of what it means and it's history and decided whether or not it conflicted with what we, as lovers of Jesus believe. And you know what...it really doesn't. It origins have nothing to do with evil or ghouls or witches. It stems from a tradition in European countries where the poor would go house to house begging for food and drink in exchange for praying for loved ones who had died.
And my kids wear their costumes year round.
And I like fun size snickers.
All these things equal harmless fun in my book.
Has Halloween in general been distorted by society? YES...oh my goodness yes. I hate that I can't go anywhere with my kids from August through October because of all the scary stuff in EVERY store. Moses will literally walk through a store with his hands over his eyes. We made and make an effort to shield our children from all of that mess. And that is what we decided is best for us.
But at the end of the day, you know what the RIGHT answer is? The one that you pray about, learn about, research and are convicted about. Decide all that for yourself and then mind your own business.
Because come judgment day...none of us will be hearing "You were so right on about....(well anything)"...we will be answering for the choices WE made.
I don't spend time trying to convert people to trick or treating. If they ask me why I think it's ok, I share with them.
Otherwise I leave it alone. And steal fun sized snickers from my kids buckets when they aren't looking.
I will leave you with this quote I stole from my friend Sarah:
"One of the marks of a certain type of bad man is that he cannot give up a thing himself without wanting every one else to give it up. That is not the Christian way. An individual Christian may see fit to give up all sorts of things for special reasons--marriage, or meat, or beer, or the cinema; but the moment he starts saying the things are bad in themselves, or looking down his nose at other people who use them, he has taken the wrong turning."- C.S. Lewis
p.s. how adorable are my pumpkin scarecrows!!??