HALLOWEEN THOUGHTS OF THE PASTOR – SHOULD I BE AFRAID?
One dark Halloween night two guys were walking home after a party and decided to take a shortcut through the cemetery. When they got to about the middle of the graveyard they were startled and stopped moving. There was this terrifying noise, “TAP-TAP-TAP” coming from the shadows. Trembling with fear, they spotted an old man with a hammer and chisel, chipping away at one of the headstones.
“Holy cow Mister,” one of them said after catching his breath. “You scared us half to death. We thought you were a GHOST! What are you doing working here so late at night?”
“Those fools!” the old man grumbled. “They misspelled my name!!”
Should we be afraid this Halloween? Are you afraid of the dark? Do you avoid black cats? Do you believe in ghosts, goblins, witches, the boogeyman, etc.? In the Middle Ages, people reasoned, a black cat crossing one’s path might be a witch or the devil in disguise, up to no good. While it is true that the devil is up to no good, he is not disguised as a black cat. He is more clever than that.
II Cor. 11:14-15 “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness…” Satan may well appear as someone who appears godly or well meaning. Remember the likes of Prophet Jim Jones of the Guyana tragedy, or David Koresh of the Branch Davidians. Both of these men and many more gave a good appearance at one time, but could well have been in league with the devil!
What about those ghosts, goblins and the boogeyman in the movies? Personally I am not concerned about ghosts except for one, the “Holy Ghost.” Except that the Holy Spirit of God is not some kind of Holy Spook sent from God. The great commission tells us “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” The Holy Spirit is the 3rd person of the Godhead. There is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. We believe in the Holy Spirit even though we may not talk much about Him. When people put their faith in Christ and are baptized into Him, they receive the Holy Spirit into their lives as a gift.
A goblin is a grotesque elf-like creature of folklore, thought to work mischief or evil. Some of the Harry Potter movies have goblins in them. Goblins are also spoken about in literature, but are nowhere to be found on planet earth. How people come up with these evil little creatures is beyond my imagination. There are no literal goblins, but there is an evil spirit at work in this world! I Pet. 5:8-9 “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” Whenever we are ignorant of Satan and his schemes we become “sitting ducks” for him. Should a person be afraid of Satan? It all depends on who you are and how you are living. If a person is in Christ we have the power of God behind us and with us! Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world!
The boogeyman is an imaginary monster used to frighten children. There are some mean people out in the world but there is no true boogeyman! Even though there is no true boogeyman, there is a true Savior man! In the light of hurricanes, fires and earthquakes around the world many people are beginning to believe that the world is coming to an end. Should we be worried?
There will come a day, when God will call a halt to this world. But that is also the day when Jesus returns. I plan to rejoice.
Jesus says in the Gospel of John, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” DO NOT BE AFRAID. If Jesus can make the wind and the waves obey him then surely He can save us eternally. Do not be afraid of the myths of this world. Do not be afraid of the Evil one. Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world!
Blessings and love,